Neck pain is present in a large portion of the population. Treatment of these patients can often be difficult, particularly when specific causative structures cannot clearly be defined. Attempting to treat neck pain without an attempt to classify the patient can lead to inconsistent outcomes and frustration for both the patient and clinician. Guiding strategies can help improve patient outcomes and lead the clinician based on the most appropriate evidence-based interventions. This seminar will help clinicians identify common problems associated with neck pain as well as appropriate functional treatments. Evaluation procedures will also be introduced to group patients in treatment categories. This classification system will assist the clinician in determining which patients will most benefit from specific treatment interventions and improve outcomes. Finally, eclectic functional treatment interventions will be covered including stabilization, manual techniques, and pain management strategies. Corrective home exercises will also be reviewed. Participants will walk away with practical and functional treatment techniques that can be implemented with their patients the very next day.

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    Educational Credit

    A certificate of attendance for 15 Contact Hourswill be awarded to each participant. All Therapy Network Seminars are pre‐approved for CEUs in the state where the course is conducted when required for PT, OT, CHT, ATC & Assistants.

    BOC Board of Certification, Inc. Approved Provider # P‐2563

    AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education # 3073 Category 1 Domain of OT. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsements of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA


    This course is intended for PTs, PTAs, OTs, ATs

    NOTE: Nothing in this course is to enable or permit the learner to apply techniques outside of the scope of practice in their individual state and discipline.


    • Identify key anatomical structures and principles as they relate to CervicoThoracic examination and treatment.
    • Determine how diagnostic utility influences the outcome of special tests
    • Perform a screening to identify contraindications to treatment and noting when further medical assessment is necessary.
    • Perform a thorough evidence based examination of the CervicoThoracic complex which immediately directs treatment.
    • Demonstrate a functional treatment progression based on clinical findings and evidence.

    Participants Comments

    • “Excellent speaker - sensitive to the various expertise levels in the class - down to earth, approachable and knowledgeable”
    • “Instructor was very thorough - knew the information in depth”
    • “VERY GOOD organization of material - excellent handouts”
    • “Bill kept the class moving and interesting - Thanks”


    • Day 1

      8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
      8:30 Functional Anatomy and Pathomechanics
      - Cervical stenosis
      - Disk herniations
      - Radiculopathy
      - T-4 Syndrome
      - Bone spurs
      - Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency
      10:00 BREAK
      10:15 Reliability and Diagnostic Utility of the Clinical Examination
      11:00 Medical Screening of the CervicoThoracic Complex
      - Upper Quarter Screen
      - Neurological Screen
      - Differentiation of referred pain
      12:00 LUNCH (ON YOUR OWN)
      1:00 Examination of the CervicoThoracic Complex
      - Classification Systems
      - Radiological Interpretation
      2:00 LAB Examination:
      - Assessment of posture
      - Neurodynamic assessments
      - Neurological compromise
      - Upper motor neuron lesions
      3:00 BREAK
      3:15 LAB Cont.
      - Vascular signs
      - Vertigo and dizziness
      - Cervical instability
      - Cervical muscle strength
      - Vascular compromise
      - Joint mobility
      5:30 Q/A and Adjourn
    • Day 2

      8:00 CervicoThoracic Evaluation
      - Making sense of the examination
      - Ruling in and ruling out conditions
      - Algorithmic Evaluation System
      9:00 LAB Manual Therapy
      - Soft Tissue manipulation
      - Trigger point release
      10:00 BREAK
      10:15 LAB Cont.
      - Joint Mobilization/manipulation
      - Muscle Energy Techniques
      12:00 LUNCH (ON YOUR OWN)
      1:00 Centralization Techniques
      - Postural Correction Techniques
      - Repeated Movements
      - Mobilization with Movement
      - Positional Distraction
      - Mechanical/Manual Traction
      1:45 Pain and Spasm Modulation Techniques
      - Breathing techniques
      - Relaxation techniques
      - Manual techniques
      2:15 BREAK
      2:30 Cervicogenic Headaches
      - Upper cervical techniques
      - Craniocervical flexor exercise
      3:00 Functional Exercise Techniques and Prescription
      - Deep cervical exercises
      - Global cervicothoracic exercises
      - Thoracic Outlet release exericses
      5:00 Q/A and Adjourn

    Cancellation Policy

    Registration fee less a $75 administrative charge is refundable if cancellation received 14 days prior to program date. No refunds will be given after that time. Therapy Network, Inc. reserves the right to cancel a seminar and will refund in full the registration fee only. TNI is NOT responsible for registrants nonrefundable airfare, accommodations or fees.