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Cervicogenic Headaches – Upper Cervical

Online Course: Cervicogenic Headaches – Upper Cervical

Gain the confidence to quickly identify upper cervical dysfunction and effectively manage cervicogenic headache

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Course instructor:

Ari Kaplan

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

1-1.5 hours

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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

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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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