Online Course
Cervical Risk Assessment
How to assess your patients for vascular pathologies of the neck using the most recent IFOMPT Framework

1-1.5 hours





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Roger Kerry
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Associate Professor at The University of Nottingham; Physiotherapist. Interested in the way evidence-based medicine works. Or doesn’t.

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This course is an updated version of a previous popular course on Plus called Cervical Arterial Dysfunction (CAD). In September 2020 The International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) published the revised International IFOMPT Cervical Framework. The terminology Cervical Artery Dysfunction (CAD) has been replaced with vascular pathologies of the neck and provocative positional testing is no longer recommended. In this course, Roger Kerry, will draw on current best-evidence in guiding physiotherapists on the considerations and clinical reasoning framework when assessing and managing risk of vascular pathology for people with head and/or neck pain.


The aim of this course is to provide you with the information to understand and implement an evidence-based risk assessment strategy for your patients with head and/or neck pain prior to Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (OMT) Intervention.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.2 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • discuss the subjective assessment and the physical examination tests to include when suspecting vascular pathology in a patient with head and/ or neck pain
  • describe the clinical decision making process when considering vascular pathology risk
  • list the major risk factors for dissecting and non-dissecting strokes
  • propose a course of action based upon a patient case presentation
Featured reviews
A great course where you can learn how to better assess for possible underlying pathologies in the neck region.
Manuel Abrantes