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Neck and upper back pain can be a consequence of several different conditions, and as a result it presents the physical therapist with a unique challenge when examining and treating patients with these complaints. This course will provide the clinician with fundamental information necessary for managing individuals with reports of pain associated with the cervicothoracic spine.
Dr. Cheryl Sparks is the Director of the Rehabilitation Center of Expertise for the OSF HealthCare System. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and is board certified by the ABPTS as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist. She maintains professional membership in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists,…
This chapter will teach the participant to interpret salient findings from the history and physical exam to differentiate various types of neck pain presentations and to generate an appropriate referral when necessary.
3. Physical Examination and Interpretation
This chapter will instruct the physical therapist in conducting a systematic examination for the patient with headache.
This chapter will review the current state of the evidence related to cervicothoracic disorders and intervention, and educate the participant on appropriate management strategies guided by information obtained from the history and physical examination.
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