Online Course
Cervicogenic Headaches – Upper Cervical
Gain the confidence to quickly identify upper cervical dysfunction and effectively manage cervicogenic headache

1-1.5 hours





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Ari Kaplan
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Ari Kaplan is a PT, with specialities in MSK conditions such as headaches, biomechanics and running.

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Cervicogenic headache (CGH) is a secondary headache that originates in the cervical spine. CGH is generated by structures innervated by the C1 to C3 nerve roots, including the upper cervical joints and muscles. When the specific causes of the headache are identified, CGH can respond well to physiotherapy management. Treatment must be tailored to fit each patient’s impairments, but a multimodal approach, including manual techniques and exercise rehabilitation, has been found to be beneficial in the management of CGH.


This course aims to describe the key components of a CGH assessment and to explore evidence-based management options for this type of headache.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions 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.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

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 - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and 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 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:

  • choose an appropriate set of assessment tests based on a case scenario relating to cervicogenic headache
  • list six red flag features and three serious conditions associated with headache
  • evaluate the use of clinical screening tests for the cervical spine, including cervical instability tests and the flexion rotation test
  • discuss three physiotherapy interventions that are used to manage cervicogenic headache
  • select an appropriate management strategy for an individual with cervicogenic headache based on a case scenario

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
The course provided a comprehensive and up-to-date understanding of cervicogenic headaches, covering anatomy, diagnosis, and treatment options.
Don Kelly
It is an informative and enjoyable course! It gives you the tools to be able to treat effectively and accurately. The course presentation is easy to follow and understand, and the content of this course can be incorporated into your practice and treatment immediately.
Hermanus Hendrikus Klopper
South Africa
Fantastic course! I learned about differential testing for the cause of cervicogenic headaches and treatment techniques.
Danae Eve Louise Williams
South Africa
This course is amazing for physios who wish to learn about the management of CHG or refresh their knowledge and skill within a short time. It is brief and concise, and the content is simple and easy to understand. In addition clinical evidence supports all provided information!
Frederick Inkum Danquah
Thank you for teaching me about CGH. It is very interesting to learn about different kinds of headaches and it is also interesting knowing what a physiotherapist can do to help patients with CGH. Thanks a lot!
Johan Mühren