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Getting "Psyched" up about Low Back Pain: Manipulation or Recalibration? NEW Update!

Featuring Tyler Cuddeford, PT, PhD; Jeff Houck, PT, PhD and Dan Kang, PT, DPT


George Fox University
Roberts Center – Room 203
501 Villa Road
Newberg, Oregon

Parking is available in the Roberts Center parking lot. A parking pass will be issued to you prior to the event.


$350 - Regular Registration
$300 - GFU DPT Alumni

Contact Linda Dallof at  or 503-554-2451 if you have any questions or need assistance.

Event Details

It is well known that nearly 80% of the population will experience back pain in their lifetime. Additionally, it’s also known that many patients do not get better, despite physical therapist’s best approaches. Healthcare is rapidly changing; back/spine care and pain management is no different. Ever wonder why many of your patients don’t respond well to treatment? Biomechanical and neuromechanical approaches have little evidence and are no longer the prevailing theory and are not sufficient for the treatment of back/spine and pain management. Physical therapists and other healthcare providers need to expand their views about the causes of pain. This course will critically assess current methods and provide an evidence-based, updated approach to back/spine care and pain management, including manipulation and the use of cognitive functional physical therapy for the treatment for non-specific back/spine pain.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Using the STarT Back Tool, identify the modifiable risk factors (biomedical, psychological, social) for back pain disability
  2. Discuss the benefits of other outcome measures such as PROMIS
  3. Demonstrate appropriate spinal manipulation techniques
  4. Describe the benefit of cognitive functional physical therapy
  5. Develop a comprehensive treatment approach for the complex patient

Tyler Cuddeford, PT, PhD
Tyler Cuddeford PT, PhD is an associate professor at George Fox University’s School of Physical Therapy and is the founding Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. His recent accomplishments include assisting with the implementation of the Community Clinic, Phase II Cardiac Rehab Program, and primary care physical therapy at Providence Medical Group Newberg. He has given national and international presentations related to the biomechanical causes of injuries to the lower extremity. Dr. Cuddeford’s research interests include Achilles and patellar tendinopathy as well as running and basketball injuries in the foot. He received his Master’s degree in physical therapy from Pacific University in 1992 and his PhD in Biomechanics in 2000 from University of Iowa.

Jeff Houck, PT, PhD
Jeff Houck has worked in the physical therapy field for more than 20 years. His physical therapy experience includes practice in six U.S. states, Japan and Africa. Dr. Houck has taught a variety of courses including anatomy, clinical biomechanics, clinical orthopedics, quantitative movement analysis, and evidence-based practice at Ithaca College and George Fox University. Dr. Houck is currently on the International Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Vice President of the Foot & Ankle Special Interest Group of the APTA, member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the APTA Registry, and member of the PROMIS Health Organization. He has completed studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Houck speaks locally and internationally, encouraging therapists to become early adopters of PROMIS and actively engaged in primary care.

Daniel Kang, PT, DPT
Dan Kang PT, DPT is an assistant professor of physical therapy at George Fox University. In addition, he currently practices at George Fox University’s Community Clinic and serves as the Director of the Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Dr. Kang is also the Director of Clinical Training for Providence Medical Group’s primary care physical therapy initiative where he utilizes his expertise in manual therapy and cognitive functional therapy for chronic low back pain. Dan received his doctor of physical therapy degree (2004) and master’s degree in physical therapy (2002) both from the Loma Linda University.  He ran a successful private practice in Southern California for 10 years prior to coming to George Fox University.




8-8:30 a.m.     Check-in and light breakfast
8:30 a.m. Conference starts
12:30-1 p.m. Lunch
5 p.m. Conference concludes


8-8:30 a.m.    Check-in and light breakfast
8:30 a.m. Conference starts
12:30 p.m. Conference concludes

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