Neck Pain

Neck Pain

An online course for physical therapists / physiotherapists


Initially this course will explore the epidemiology of neck pain globally and locally within your community allowing you to assess the impact of Neck pain in your individual context.  This is followed by a review of neck structure and function which ensures a good foundation of knowledge for effective clinical reasoning.  Assessment is a key skill for Physiotherapists and Physical Therapists to effectively manage individuals with Neck Pain, we will consider key assessment skills, specific techniques and appropriate outcome measures.  Then, based on the latest evidence available, we will explore different management options for acute and chronic presentations. This course will have a strong emphasis on differential diagnosis, to try and develop your clinical reasoning skills within this area.


Neck pain is a common condition that causes substantial disability and it is increasing worldwide. Out of all 291 conditions studied in the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study, neck pain ranked 4th highest in terms of disability as measured by YLDs (Years Lived with Disability), and 21st in terms of overall burden.   In addition, the study reported the incidence of neck pain is increasing with a 21% rise between 2005 and 2015.  The high prevalence of neck pain and related costs in terms of health care expenditures and lost productivity is causing a rising economic burden in modern societies.

Physiotherapy can have a massive impact on the global burden of neck pain.  Through the application of good examination skills, effective clinical reasoning and appropriate selection of interventions the impact of neck pain for any individual can be significantly reduced.  In addition the high tendency for chronicity in neck pain can be lowered with effective management.


  • Section 1: Neck Structure and Function, Epidemiology of Neck Pain
  • Section 2: Clinical Presentations of Neck Pain
  • Section 3: Assessment of the Individual with Neck Pain
  • Section 4: Therapeutic Interventions for Neck Pain
  • Section 5: Final Tasks and Optional Assignment


The variety of readings was very comprehensive - text books, journal articles, clinical practice guidelines etc. Thank you!
This was my first course in Physiopedia Plus and I really enjoyed it, I'm looking forward to continuing on to other topics.
I enjoyed the course and felt that it improved my clinical knowledge.