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Cervical Risk Assessment

Online Course: Cervical Risk Assessment

How to assess your patients for vascular pathologies of the neck using the most recent IFOMPT Framework

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Course instructor:

Roger Kerry

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

1-1.5 hours

Summarising the latest research & evidence

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This course is an updated version of a previous popular course on Physioplus 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.

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