Non-Specific Neck Pain – the Case for Specific Treatment
The global burden of neck pain is increasing with the number of reported cases increasing by 21% over the last 10 years. There is often no known patho-anatomical cause for neck pain, so the term “non-specific neck pain” has grown in popularity. However, according to Professor Gwendolen Jull, there are inherent risks in using this terminology. This course will explore these risks and highlight the importance of selecting specific treatments for neck pain in order to reduce the burden of this condition.
This course aims to discuss non-specific neck pain and suggest ways to reduce the burden of this condition by discussing specific, evidence-based interventions.
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 1.5-2 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 1.4 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 two risks associated with using the term "non specific neck pain" for physiotherapists
- Discuss why psychological interventions may not have been successful to date in reducing neck pain
- Justify the use of manual therapy techniques in the assessment or management of neck pain
- Discuss the need for specificity when selecting exercises to reduce the burden of neck pain
- Design a simple prevention strategy to reduce an individual’s risk of developing recurrent neck pain