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Sciatica (lumbar radiculopathy) is one of the most painful and disabling spinal conditions resulting in reduced mobility and quality of life. Recent Guidelines for the management of low back pain, including radiculopathy recommend a non-pharmacological approach as first-line treatment. However, effective non-pharmacological and non-surgical treatments for sciatica are relatively unknown within the greater public health care system.

The Boot Camp Program for Sciatica © is an evidenced-based, non-surgical and non-pharmalogical approach developed at Mount Sinai Hospital by Dr. Carlo Ammendolia. It is a systematic and comprehensive approach that includes specific manual therapy techniques, individual exercises and instruction on self-management and preventative strategies.

Workshop attendees will receive 6.5 CE structured credit hours. Participants who complete the workshop will be listed on, the official website for The Boot Camp Programs. Seats are limited, so register early!


(Includes sciatica kit – $90 value)

Pricing CategoryEarly BirdOCA Member
OCA Member$550$650
OCA New Graduate Member
(Class of 2015 – Class of 2018)
OCA Student Member
(Year 3 & 4) 
Non-member $750$850


Upon completion of this 6.5 hour certification, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the pathoanatomy and pathophysiology of lumbar radiculopathy (sciatica).
  • Effectively assess and make the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of lumbar radiculopathy without imaging.
  • Understand current research findings on the management of sciatica.
  • Educate patients on sciatica that will result in better self-management of the condition.
  • Implement a new step-by-step technique to treat patients with sciatica.
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills to become an expert in the non-surgical/non-pharmacological management of sciatica.


“I recently attended a Spinal Stenosis Bootcamp presented by Dr. Carlo Ammendolia. I found it to be an informative, practical and pragmatic workshop. Dr. Ammendolia has taken over 32 years of practice experience combined with specific research and clinical trials to give a hands-on approach that makes sense, more importantly, that works and it is supported by sound evidence. I would highly recommend this workshop to any clinician.” – Jeff Balon BSc., DC, MD, CCFP.

“Dr. Ammendolia’s Spinal Stenosis Boot Camp is a complete, effective and practical program that I have been using to help my patient’s suffering from stenosis.” – Dr. Bryan Wolfe, Palmer College of Chiropractic, 1985.


9:00AM-11:00AMDidactic presentation: What you need to know about Sciatica
11:10AM-12:30PMIntroduction to Manual Therapy Technique: Demonstration, Rationale and Hands-On Practice
1:00PM-2:00PMManual Therapy Techniques: Hands-On Practice
2:10PM-3:30PMIntroduction to Patient Exercises and self-management: Demonstration/Hands-On  Practice
3:30PM-4:00PMSummary and How to Implement the Program


Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location:  Holiday Inn Toronto Yorkdale, 3450 Dufferin Street, Toronto, M6A 2V1

Meeting Room: de Havilland Room

CE Credits: 6.5 hour

Maximum of 40 participants.

Parking onsite: $13 per day

Instructor: Carlo Ammendolia, DC, PHD

Dr. Carlo Ammendolia is the Director of the Chiropractic Spine Clinic and the Spinal Stenosis Program at the Rebecca MacDonald Centre for Arthritis and Autoimmune Diseases at Mount Sinai Hospital. He received his MSc degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research in 1999 and his PhD in Clinical Evaluative Sciences from the University of Toronto in 2005. Dr. Ammendolia is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, the Department of Surgery and the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto. He is an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Work and Health. In 2012, Dr. Ammendolia was recipient of the Professorship in Spine Award from the Department of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine. He has been in clinical practice for over 30 years and now combines clinical practice and research in the area of non-operative treatment of mechanical, degenerative and inflammatory spinal disorders with a special interest in degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis.

Portable chiropractic beds are needed for the hands on portion of the workshop.  Please let us know if you can bring a portable technique table.

This workshop is currently at capacity.  We appreciate your interest on this topic, please add your name to waiting list.

You will be notified should space become available.  The OCA will also inform you of any future dates for this workshop.