Self Management Strategies for People with Low Back Pain

Training ergonomics, self-management and health behavior strategies to people suffering from chronic low-back pain
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Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (28 ratings)
1,672 students
1hr 56min of on-demand video
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This course is aimed at adults aged 55 or over suffering from persistent low back pain with the aim of making them more aware of their health.
In particular, the course is aimed at workers engaged in sedentary or physically-intensive occupations.
Provides information regarding the workplace and leisure time.
But also suggestions for improving personal well-being.


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Low back pain is one of the main causes of disability worldwide, it can cause limitations in daily life, in work and it is associated with high social and financial burdens for individuals, their families and for the wider economy. Working conditions can impact positively and negatively on low back pain – for example low job satisfaction, highly sedentary roles or roles involving repetitive strenuous tasks may have a negative impact on low back pain. Working adults 55+ years employed in these roles may face additional challenges to managing their low back pain and information, guidance and support may be required.

The education of chronic pain patients and their relatives on self-management increases their self-confidence and improves their possibility to monitor, control and cope with the disease. This improves the patient’s quality of life and reduces the physical and psychological symptoms.

The main goal of this MOOC is to improve knowledge and skills of working adults regarding evidence based strategies that can help individuals manage their low back pain in all personal spheres (work, family, leisure etc.). But this course will show all the people that live with low-back pain and have a sedentary lifestyle or have arduous jobs how to self-manage their pain by adopting healthy behavior strategies. Learners will become more aware of their health and well-being, both at work and in the personal sphere.

Who this course is for:

  • Adults who live with low back pain.


Flavia Piccinini
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 45 Reviews
  • 2,467 Students
  • 3 Courses

She has been collaborating with IRCSS INRCA since 2010, participating in projects mainly focused on the issues of non-self-sufficiency and active ageing, dealing with data collection and analysis of results within the Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing of the Institute.

Collabora con l’IRCSS INRCA dal 2010, partecipando a progetti incentrati soprattutto sui temi della non autosufficienza e promozione della longevità attiva, occupandosi di raccolta dei dati e analisi dei risultati in seno al Centro Ricerche-Economico Sociali per l’Invecchiamento dell’istituto.

Caroline Larsson
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 41 Reviews
  • 2,538 Students
  • 3 Courses

Caroline Larsson

I am a Physiotherapis, PhD.,working at the Department of Health Sciences, Lund University. I have a master in Gerontology and did my PhD in chronic pain among older adults. I’m currently working as a lecturer and researcher with focus on different aspects living with persistent pain. I’m also clinically active as a physiotherapist in Primary health care, were I commonly see patients with problems in the musculoskeletal system, such as back pain.

  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 46 Reviews
  • 2,538 Students
  • 4 Courses
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Tech4Care srl
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 256 Reviews
  • 5,689 Students
  • 6 Courses

Tech4Care is an innovative start up founded in Ancona (Italy) in December 2015 thanks to the initiative of a group of health care researchers. The ultimate goal of the company is to transfer advanced scientific knowledge into new products, services and good practices. Tech4Care’s core business concerns the development, testing and commercialization of technological solutions based on mobile health (mHealth), artificial intelligence(AI), virtual reality (VR) and the Internet-of-Things (IoT). The three internal divisions are: Research and Development(R&D); Social Innovation; and New Media.

Elisa Casoni
  • 4.4 Instructor Rating
  • 33 Reviews
  • 1,859 Students
  • 2 Courses

I am an Italian physiotherapist since 2007.

I work at the IRCCS-INRCA National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing, a geriatric hospital and research institution. I deal with movement assessment and Gait Analysis at the IRCCS-INRCA Movement Analysis Laboratory.

In 2009 I obtained the title of OMT (Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist) at the University of Genova, I specialized in manual therapy and since then I have been interested in evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. I always got passionate and updated on chronic pain.

In 2018 I started to cooperate in the field of robotic rehabilitation as researcher.

Physiotherapy Professor
Suzanne McDonough
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 52 Reviews
  • 2,335 Students
  • 3 Courses

Professor Suzanne McDonough is a Professor and Head of RCSI School of Physiotherapy, holds professorial appointments at Ulster University UK is an honorary Professor at the University of Otago, NZ, and a visiting Professor with the University of Southampton. Suzanne obtained her undergraduate degree in physiotherapy at University College Dublin (UCD) in 1989; was awarded her PhD in neurophysiology from Newcastle University, UK, in 1995; and a higher diploma in healthcare (acupuncture) in 2002 from UCD.

Professor McDonough has over a decade of experience as Professor of Health and Rehabilitation at Ulster University before her appointment at RCSI. During her time there, she played a lead role in developing research capacity amongst physiotherapists and other allied health professionals, both nationally and internationally. Suzanne has successfully supervised 30 PhD students to date.

Suzanne is an expert in the development and evaluation of rehabilitation interventions in clinical populations with movement challenges (e.g. due to pain, neurological injury, ageing etc.). She is interested in the use of technology to enhance rehabilitation adherence and promote general health and wellbeing. Examples of technology she has developed and tested in clinical trials are virtual reality in stroke; and pedometers/wearables as motivational tools to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour e.g. low back pain, respiratory disease, stroke, mental health and cancer. Suzanne has used behaviour change theory to design interventions and to understand intervention characteristics in systematic reviews. Given the breadth of clinical areas that Suzanne has worked in, she is interested in how we best manage people with multimorbid conditions. She has published widely in her area of expertise (over 120 papers; H-index=39), presented at international conferences; and has obtained funding from a variety of national and international sources.

  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 28 Reviews
  • 1,672 Students
  • 1 Course

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