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.
Course aimsThis course aims to provide a good foundation of theoretical knowledge related to the cervical spine that will enable you to effectively assess and treat individuals with neck pain.
Hours of learning
Completing this course will involve approximately 16 hours of learning activities. These will be delivered in 4 sections that can be completed on a participant’s own schedule, however it is recommended that the course is completed over a 4 week period. There is an optional additional 4 hour activity for participants who wish to submit an assignment for a course distinction.
This course is divided into 4 sections and it is suggested (but not required) that each section be completed over the duration of approximately a week. Please note that no deadlines are applied and this course can be started and completed according to your own schedule. We expect the required elements of each section/week to take around 4-6 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.
It’s not going to be easy, we’ll expect you to work hard for your completion certificate and PP+ points! You won’t be sitting back and watching webinars, we’ll expect you to reading tasks, complete quizzes, perform literature searches and other learning activities. You’ll need to reflect on your own experiences and contribute them within the discussion forum, this is where we can learn from each other’s experiences and knowledge from all around the world! 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 16 PP+ points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Types of activitiesReading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- describe prevalence of neck pain in relation to two different demographics.
- describe three ways that anatomical configuration of the cervical region contributes to function
- describe two age related differences in the cervical spine
- differentiate between 5 common conditions of the cervical spine
- identify 3 presentations that require medical referral
- evaluate a case presentation and determine when referral for medical investigation is indicated
- select appropriate evidence based examination tests to differentiate between different conditions of the cervical spine
- list 4 outcome measure that can appropriately identify factors that may lead to deviation from the normal clinical course for neck pain
- evaluate a case presentation to differentiate between 2 different possible causes of neck pain
- choose the correct classification treatment approach for the individual with neck pain for a given case presentation
- design an appropriate evidence based management strategy for an individual with neck pain based on a case scenario
- identify 3 signs that indicate a potential for an individual with neck pain to progress to chronicity
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate you will need to:
- abide by the Physiopedia Plus Community Culture
- log as completed all the required learning activities
- actively participate in the course forum discussions
- pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more
- complete a course evaluation form