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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.
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 0.8 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 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
United States - Indiana
This course has been approved by APTA Indiana. APTA Indiana Course Approval #: 006987887C1755 for 1 CEU
APTA Kansas (KPTA)
United States - Kansas
This course has been approved by APTA Kansas. Kansas CEU Locker Course Approval #: CEUL074554 for 1.50 CEUs
South African Society of Physiotherapy
This course was submitted for accreditation with the SASP. You can start and finish this course and download the certificate at a later stage.
South African Society of Physiotherapy: PPB007/PT000/2021/284 (3 General CEUs Level 1)
Texas Physical Therapy Association
United States - Texas
The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2312053TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 0.84 CCUs.
The Continuing Education Review Services (California)
United States - California
This course has been Approved by CERS, an Approval Agency for the California Board of Physical Therapy. CERS Course Approval #: 21-50631-2
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Physioplus courses should meet the CPD requirements for the Australian Physiotherapy Board (AHPRA). Physioplus is an approved course provider of the Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC).
Physioplus meets the CPD standards of the Health and Social Professions Council of Ireland (CORU). All activities completed on Physioplus are accepted and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
Physioplus meets the CPD standards of the Lebanese Order of Physiotherapy. All activities completed on Physioplus are accepted and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
Physioplus courses are recognised under the recertification programme by the New Zealand Board. Courses can be included in registered Physiotherapists CPD plan and recorded as part of the required 100 hours of CPD over a three year period.
United Kingdom UK (HCPC)
Physioplus meets the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) CPD standards and all activities completed on Physioplus are accepted by the HCPC and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United States – Montana
The State Board does not pre-approve any activities or sponsors for CE credits. Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development as Category B activities.
United States – States accepting accreditation from other States
Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia
The state board of physical therapy accepts courses accredited by other States. As a result, Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development based on the Texas Physical Therapy Association accreditation - please check with your state board.
United States – States not requiring accreditation
Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Utah, Washington
The state board of physical therapy either does not require course pre-approval or does not require CEUs for re-licensure. As a result, Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development - please check with your state board.
Physiotherapist, South Africa
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.
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.
Physiotherapist, United Arab Emirates
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.