Dr Anthony Nicholson

Session Titles

1.  The indications for lumbar spine surgery: when to manage, when to refer and how to write the report

Session Outline:

  • Overview of the most common pathologies of the lumbar spine that lead to surgery
  • Lumbar disc herniation: contained versus un-contained lesions
  • How to form the most accurate prognosis for a disc herniation based upon key clinical and MRI features
  • Disc herniation: when to manage and when to refer
  • Degenerative instability of the lumbar spine: how to manage and when is surgery indicated?
  • A clinical rationale for conservatively managing disc herniation
  • Writing a report on the disc patient: a simple ‘how to guide’ and what to include

2.  Managing the Chronic Pain patient

  • The transition from acute to chronic pain: what clinical features are predictive?  
  • What happens in the spinal cord and brain of the chronic pain patient?
  • How to target both peripheral and central dimensions of chronic pain with your treatment approach
  • Writing a report: How to explain your role in managing the chronic pain patient




A Nicholson

Dr Anthony Nicholson is the CEO of Chiropractic Development International (CDI), a continuing education provider for chiropractors and a nationally registered training organisation.  CDI started in 2002 with specialised programs to strengthen the inter-professional communication skills of chiropractors and position them with authority within the healthcare system.   Since then CDI has become one of the most highly respected providers of continuing education for chiropractors across Australia and New Zealand and has also gone on to achieve international recognition.

CDI’s innovative online learning technology has led to formal accreditation in over 35 states in North America, along with a growing learner base in the UK, Europe and South East Asia.  CDI provides 250 hours of advanced online clinical training for the Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Program offered by the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and has developed an online board examination for the internationally recognised Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedics.

As a partner of Spine Partners Wahroonga in Sydney, Dr Nicholson runs a full-time practice with high levels of medical and specialist referral.  He is board-certified in both chiropractic neurology (DACNB) and Chiropractic Orthopedics (FACO).   In addition, Dr Nicholson is an adjunct lecturer in Neuromusculoskeletal Diagnosis at Macquarie University in Sydney.