Online Course
Introduction to Cervicogenic Headaches
Confidently distinguish cervicogenic headaches from other common headache conditions

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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Headache disorders are highly prevalent and are associated with significant disease burden for the individual and the wider community. There are many different types of headaches, from primary headaches like migraine to secondary headaches like cervicogenic headache. Cervicogenic headaches may respond to exercise and manual techniques whereas other headache disorders require medical review. Because physiotherapists often encounter headaches in clinical practice, it is important that you can make a differential diagnosis between different types of headaches and detect any red flag signs and symptoms.


The aim of this course is to equip you to differentiate cervicogenic headaches from other types of headaches.


Course Outline
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:

  • describe the epidemiology of headaches, including cervicogenic headache, tension-type headaches and migraine
  • summarise the neuro-anatomy that enables pain to refer from the neck to the head, and vice versa
  • identify four key features that can be used to help differentiate between cervicogenic headache, tension-type headache and migraine
  • discuss red flag features for headache that, when present, require medical review
  • elect an appropriate headache diagnosis based on a clinical 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.

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Lipi Verma
I now have a better understanding of cervicogenic and other related headaches. This course will help improve my diagnosis and treatment of headaches and become more cognizant of differential diagnoses and red flags. It is another course that I am introducing to my colleagues and students!
Frederick Inkum Danquah
I had been managing patients with cervical problems that oftentimes complain of headaches that I suspect could come from the neck but don't know how to manage them and had to refer them to their GPs for drug management. This course really opened my eyes to the extent of how I can directly help my patients without relying on drug management which oftentimes is transient.
Jibril Abdullahi Mustapha
I took this course out of curiosity. Once I was introduced to the first bits of information, I could identify that there were gaps in my client assessments, or more specifically my understanding of the clinical issues. The course clearly differentiated the types of headaches, cause, presentation, assessment and some treatment. I intend to continue the program, it's very interesting.
Suzanne Piche
The Introduction to Cervicogenic Headaches course was very informative and easy to follow. I am looking forward to continuing the course material and improving my knowledge base.
Zeno Rossouw
South Africa
A quick and concise overview highlighting what to look out for. Nice video presentations that make it feel more interactive and engaging than just reading. Hyperlinks throughout very useful.
Catherine Power
Physioplus is indeed the best source for physiotherapy online courses. The content, videos, evidence-based treatments, research and quiz helps to keep my knowledge up to date and help improve my understanding and plan treatments.
Rajbir Kaur
United Arab Emirates