Online Course: Cervicogenic Headaches – Superior Scapula
Looking beyond the cervical spine in the assessment and management of cervicogenic headache
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Cervicogenic headache (CGH) is a secondary headache that affects up to 4.1 percent of the population. While the upper three cervical segments have been identified as the source of CGH, dysfunction of the upper trapezius can also be implicated in this headache condition. This course explores in detail the assessment and treatment of the superior scapula, focusing specifically on the relationship of upper trapezius to CGH.
This course aims to introduce the relationship between upper trapezius and CGH and to discuss assessment and treatment options for upper trapezius dysfunction.
This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading activity
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 0.9 Physioplus 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:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- describe the role of trapezius and serratus anterior in scapula movement
- identify three causes of overactivity of upper trapezius
- evaluate the use of five different management options for upper trapezius dysfunction
- elect an appropriate set of exercises for the management of CGH based on a case scenario
Ropafadzo R. Gunduza
This was a very clear and informative course. My clinical practice will definitely benefit from this!
The easy way of explaining the function of the muscles and the function of the scapula, has opened my eyes a bit more, compared to what I have learned at school.