Online Course: Introduction to the Facial Nerve
Increase your understanding of the Seventh Cranial Nerve to better manage Facial Palsy
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The Facial Nerve (7th cranial nerve) is one of the most continuously used nerves in the body, providing motor innervation to the muscles of facial expression which are also involved in mastication, speech and the expression of our emotions as well as innervating the salivary glands and taste buds. The course and anatomical relations of the Facial Nerve expose it to various possible sites of injury, leading to facial palsy. Knowledge of the facial nerve, its course, function and vulnerabilities, is essential for the optimal management of any facial palsy.
The aim of this course is to increase your understanding of the Facial Nerve, its anatomy and vulnerabilities, facial palsy as well as the time frames and course of recovery following injury.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts 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 hour 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 anatomy and course of the Facial Nerve
- discuss potential sites of injury to the Facial Nerve
- discuss the recovery of the Facial Nerve after injury
- describe the presentation and pathophysiology of 2 conditions associated with facial palsy
This is a nice short course that adds a great deal to my clinical practice!
Thank you to the Physioplus team for all your hard work in giving us this platform to gain knowledge and stay current in the ever-changing world of physio.