Muscle Performance in Neck Pain
In the traditional neck pain treatment setting clinicians seem reluctant to strengthen the neck muscles even though research has shown that the deep cervical muscles become inactive due to pain in the cervical area and their activity does not return to normal automatically. Specificity when retraining neck muscles is important and the clinician should understand the changes different neck muscles undergo in the presence of pain and how to effectively assess and rehabilitate these muscles. The deep and superficial muscles of the neck will be reviewed as well as how function changes in the presence of pain. Assessment and rehabilitation strategies for the cervical flexor and extensor muscles will be discussed.
This course aims to give you an overview of changes to neck musculature in an individual with neck pain and provide you with assessment and rehabilitation techniques to incorporate into management.
The course content is split into the following sections:
- Watch a video interview with Chris Worsfold
- 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 1.5 hrs 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 1.5 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:
- identify 8 ways in which the function of the deep and superficial neck muscles change in the presence of neck pain
- describe 3 muscle assessment tests for the deep cervical muscles
- plan a treatment and progression program for a patient with neck pain based on a given case scenario