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Cervico-Thoracic Spine Management

presented by Cheryl Sparks

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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.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Cheryl Sparks, PhD, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

    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, Illinois Physical Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association, sections on Orthopedics and Research. Prior to joining OSF HealthCare, Dr. Sparks served as the co-Director of the Bradley University Orthopaedic Physical Therapy residency program.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Anatomy

    1. Anatomy

    This chapter will provide a brief overview of skeletal anatomy and biomechanical principles of the cervicalthoracic spine.

  2. Screening for Referral

    2. Screening for Referral

    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

    3. Physical Examination and Interpretation

    This chapter will instruct the physical therapist in conducting a systematic examination for the patient with headache.

  4. Intervention

    4. Intervention

    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.