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Evidence-Based Examination of the Cervical Spine

presented by Chad Cook

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Financial:  Chad Cook receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.


 Non-Financial: Chad Cook has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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In this course by Dr. Chad Cook, users will evaluate the impact and prevalence of cervical dysfunction, understand the imperative patient history elements of a neck examination and identify which patient history components are affiliated with cervical pathology. The most common forms of self-report outcomes measures are presented. Identify the most prevalent red flags, germane during the cervical spine examination, and differentiate the purposes of each diagnostic test for sinister problems. Synthesize the importance of the concordant/comparable sign, during examination. Evaluate the benefit of palpation and manual muscle testing as part of a dedicated clinical examination. Identify the most diagnostic cervical spine oriented special tests and apply the tests to the appropriate diagnoses. Current research is presented throughout the course to provide learners with the proper tools for evidence-based management of these patients. This course is part of a 19 course comprehensive clinical series covering examination and intervention for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, as well as the upper (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand) and lower (hip, pelvis, knee, foot, and ankle) quarters.

Meet Your Instructor

Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA, FAAOMPT

Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA, FAAOMPT is professor at Duke University, the program director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy division with a category A appointment in the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He is a clinical researcher, physical therapist, and profession advocate with a long-term history of clinical care excellence and service and 19…

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1. Prevalence and Incidence

Evaluate the economic impact of cervical dysfunction. Consider the prevalence/incidence of cervical pain and how this influences clinical practice.

2. Patient History and Outcomes Measures

Discuss the imperative patient history elements of a neck examination. Define which patient history components are affiliated with cervical pathology. Discuss the most common forms of self report patient outcomes measures.

3. Observation

Identify the link between observation of posture and neck pain or dysfunction. Identify benefits of general observation of a patient’s expression of fear, anxiety, or distress.

4. Triage and Screening

Identify the most prevalent red flags, germane during the cervical spine examination. Compare and contrast the purposes of each diagnostic test for sinister problems. Analyze the “triggers” that would prompt the use of a test for ruling out a condition. Evaluate the benefit of performing these “ruling out” actions first within the examination. Understand structural differentiation.

5. Motion Testing

Synthesize the importance of the concordant/comparable sign, during examination. Compare and contrast the goals of the three primary phases of the initial examination.

6. Palpation, Muscle Testing and Performance

Evaluate the benefit of palpation as part of a dedicated clinical examination. Evaluate the benefit and types of manual muscle testing for the cervical spine.

7. Special Tests

Understand the language of diagnostic accuracy. Identify the most diagnostic cervical oriented special tests. Apply the tests to the appropriate diagnoses.

8. Physical Performance Measures

Demonstrate the most commonly used physical performance measures of the cervical spine. Identify the utility of the physical performance measures of the cervical spine.

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