By the end of the course participants will be able to conduct an evidence-based examination of the cervical and thoracic spine
By the end of the course, given a case study, participants will independently design an examination regarding the differential diagnosis between cervical radiculopathy and upper extremity dysfunction
By the end of the course, participants will be able to describe the 4 sub groupings of treatment based classification for neck pain.
By the end of the course participants will demonstrate accurate and properly sequenced performance of active and passive motion testing in the cervical and thoracic spine.
By the end of the course, given a case study for a patient with neck pain, participants will recognize red flag findings suggestive of sinister pathology.
By the end of the course, participants will independently demonstrate 3 HVLAT techniques to the cervicothoracic region with appropriate speed, direction, and application of force
By the end of the course, participants will independently demonstrate 3 grades of force during a given cervicothoracic mobilization technique.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to analyze data from a given cervicothoracic case scenario and formulate an appropriate treatment strategy based on the SINSS clinical reasoning model and published clinical practice guidelines.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to independently teach a patient how to correctly perform 2 self-mobilization techniques for neck pain
By the end of the course, given a case study for a patient with the diagnosis of cervicogenic headache, the participants will independently integrate 3 exercise progressions based on objective and functional impairments.
Cervical disorders are one of the most commonly encountered in the orthopedic physical therapy population. There is increased demand for evidence-informed treatments in order to reduce variability in practice. This course teaches a standardized approach to examination and treatment of these conditions using the treatment-based classification system consistent with current physical therapy clinical practice guidelines.