Differential Diagnosis and Musculoskeletal Management of the Cervical Spine – Gillette WY – Feb 2023

Musculoskeletal Courses

Course Description

22 Education Hours: 7.5 hours of Online Self Study + 14.5 Hours of hands-on experience

Do you ever wonder why cervical traction is sometimes painful for your patient? What then? Are you looking for that added edge to improve arm symptoms in cases of cervical nerve root compression? Three components of the cervical spine that are integral to permanent improvement are often overlooked: 1) the cervical spine has a tendency toward instability, 2) the upper cervical segments of C0 to C3 contribute 50% of the entire cervical range of motion; these segments are the first to become restricted and stay restricted after whiplash, and 3) nerve root compression is compounded by a double crush phenomenon in the presence of elevated upper ribs.

Topics in this course include selective evaluation and management of acute versus recurrent disc lesions, facet versus uncovertebral joint arthropathy, acute and chronic cervical nerve root compression syndromes, and cervicogenic headache.

Online lectures offer an in-depth look at cervical spine pathoanatomy, clinical examination with interpretation and pathology, as well as management suggestions for acute, recurrent, and chronic conditions. Special topics include cervicogenic headache and whiplash.

In the live experience, the instructor provides short summary lectures with Q & A related to the online learning and focuses on surface anatomy and clinical assessment with interpretation to identify a working diagnosis. Treatment techniques are matched to specific pathology for optimal patient outcomes. Close mentoring is provided for practicing techniques and problem-solving, as well as clinical analysis, synthesis, and application via case studies.

Method of Instruction

The online study is self-paced and available 24/7. It is segmented into lecture modules plus module assessments to gauge understanding (must meet a minimum score prior to moving to the next module). Viewing time can be started and stopped as desired. A certificate of the online portion can be printed upon completion of all lectures and corresponding assessments.

The LIVE portion of this course offers short lecture and extensive hands-on lab demonstrating and mentoring techniques. PowerPoint presentations are used, and participants receive a digital manual with all course materials. This experience focuses on techniques and problem-solving, as well as clinical analysis, synthesis, and application via case studies. Instructors ensure participant understanding via observation and skills self-assessments. Live-class surveys are completed online, after which a final certificate can be printed.

Target Audience: PT, PTA, ATC

Instruction Level: Basic

Outline-Hybrid Cervical

Objectives and Goals

  1. Become an expert in the evaluation of cervical spine conditions with confidence in differentiating various musculoskeletal pathologies.
  2. Effectively combine selective treatment methodologies from manual therapy to movement to psychosocial considerations that lead to optimal and efficient patient outcomes.
At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:
  1. Integrate the pathoanatomy, physiology, and biomechanics of cervical Joint pathologies into one or more of the following, and consequent, common clinical dysfunctions: primary and secondary discogenic dysfunctions, functional instability, ZAJ osteoarthritis, cervical radiculopathy or more severe conditions such as fracture, tumor or systemic-inflammatory diseases.
  2. Identify, through a systematic process, 5 different key landmarks around the cervical complex aimed to assist in the clinical examination and joint-specific treatment clinical approaches.
  3. Interpret, through a systematic process, the key findings from the proposed basic clinical examination of patients with upper cervical-related conditions.
  4. Decide which specific clinical tests are the most informative for diagnosis from the general clinical examination of the lower cervical segments for a patient with acute, recurrent or chronic cervical pain.
  5. Design 3 effective treatment interventions for acute pain such as cervicogenic headaches.
  6. Design 3 effective treatment interventions for muscle-tendinous and capsular disorders such as whiplash-related dysfunction and functional instability.
  7. Design 3 effective treatment interventions for recurrent discogenic pain.
  8. Design 3 effective treatment interventions for localized myofascial restrictions and pain syndrome of the cervical region

Pre-approved in the following states

Contact info@iaom-us.com to verify approval in your state. Please contact us if you hold a Florida license.

For Pre-Approvals see the PDF - Continuing Education Accreditations & Approvals Requested and/or Received by Organization: PDF File

  • Financial: The instructor(s) receive an honorarium for presenting this course.
  • Non-financial: The instructor(s) have no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
  • Partial credit is not available. For online courses, passing module assessments and completing the course evaluation is required to earn continuing education credit. For live courses, attendance is confirmed by signing the attendance sheet at the course; ensure name and professional license number are accurate, and initial both morning and afternoon attendance.

Course Location

Rehab Solutions - Ste U
1103, East Boxelder Road, Gillette, Wyoming, 82718, United States


Kasey Miller

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February 4, 2023 7:30 am

Instruction Hours

February 4, 2023
8:00 am – 6:30 pm

February 5, 2023
8:00 am – 3:15 pm


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