Central Cervical Pain

Author / Instructor: Christopher Chase PT, MSPT, FAAOMPT, Dip. MDT
Profession: Physical Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapists
Jurisdiction: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
CEU Hours: 2.5
Course Method: Online
Provider: Educata
Amount: $75
Active: Yes

Cervical spine pain can present in many forms, but in some cases it will include an acute mechanical deformity. The most common acute spinal mechanical deformity is a torticollis; this condition often first presents with an acute kyphotic deformity, or a fixed flexed position of the lower cervical spine. Left untreated, this painful condition can progress into a torticollis and will often present with radicular symptoms that may require surgical intervention.

This course will describe the clinical decision-making process and treatment for the successful management of this condition. The case study includes pictures from an actual patient with this presentation, and demonstrations of effective mechanical therapy procedures.


Goals & Objectives:

At the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify acute mechanical cervical deformities.
  2. Recognize the presentation for an acute cervical kyphotic deformity.
  3. Understand the clinical reasoning that determines how to manage a cervical kyphotic deformity.
  4. Understand the appropriate loading strategy for this condition.
  5. Analyze the treatment steps utilizing MDT treatment principles.
  6. Understand the force progression used during treatment, including the use of manual therapy procedures.
  7. Develop a long-term prophylactic program for these patients after the resolution of symptoms.


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