Cervical Spine and Craniofacial Region

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Course Instructor: Dr. Rob Sillevis, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT-click for bio

Course Instructor: Dr. Karen Wyss, PT, DPT, CFC-click for bio

CEU’s: Pending

Course objectives

Based on the material presented in the course seminar, the on-line material, and independent study; the student will be able to:

•Demonstrate proper clinical decision making skills, including clinical reasoning, clinical judgment, and reflective practice as it relates to the cervical and craniofascial region.

•Participate in scholarly activities to understand or contribute to the body of physical therapy knowledge.

• Perform a complete evaluation of the cervical/carniofascial region. This should be influenced by history, systems reviews, and by utilizing valid and reliable tests and measures (evidence based).

• Determine based on evaluation findings and current evidence within what classification category the patient falls and what the optimal clinical management approach will be based on this.

• Identify the PT diagnosis/prognosis/differential diagnosis based on the evaluation/assessment of the clinical presentation.

• Understand the value of pre-test/post-test assessment to determine the success of clinical intervention.

• Successfully apply manipulation techniques to the cervical spine and TMJ to treat hypomobility.

• Utilize the proper augmented exercise to maximize the outcome following manipulation.

• Determine the proper/best (evidence influenced) treatment approach based on PT diagnosis.

Cervical Spine and Craniofacial Region

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Course Description

This course will present a systematic approach to the management of patients with cervical and or craniofascial related problems. Neck disorders are common and lead to great health care expenditure. About 25% of all patient visits in outpatient physical therapy clinics present for the management of neck related pain. Therefore, each fellow carries the burden to properly identify possible dysfunctions that could cause both cervical and carniofascial dysfunctions. Proper skills and strategies to evaluate this region will lead to better identification of the correct cervical/ mandibular classification. This should lead to the most ideal way to manage these patients in the clinic. The course participant will be introduced to a structured evaluation process that includes the identification of yellow and red flags, neurological assessment, the use of clinical prediction rules when appropriate, and the identification of muscle and joint dysfunction. The treatment component of this course will introduce the participant to a variety of manipulation techniques and augmented exercises to maximize clinical outcomes.

After completion of this cervical course the participant will be able to effectively classify and treat patients with cervical and or mandibular dysfunctions based on the latest research evidence.