Pain in the Neck

Purchase Online Education Modules

CPD Hours: Full Program – 19.0 FLA Hours

  • Part 1 –  5.5 Hours over 2 modules

  • Part 2 – 5.0 Hours over 5 modules

  • Part 3 – 4.0 Hours over 6 modules

  • Part 4 – 4.5 hours over 7 modules

The program comprises 4 Parts which are available individually or as a complete course containing 19.0 FLA Hours worth of material.

Part 1: 5.5 Hours (2 Modules)

Module 1: Dr Curtis Rigney

A Chiropractic approach to the rehabilitation of the cervical spine.

In this workshop Dr Curtis Rigney explores the Prague School’s perspective on functional rehabilitation of the cervical spine, which incorporates the linking of trunk stability, shoulder stability and breathing to neck function. Dr Rigney also demonstrates how to use postural analysis as a global assessment of function and how to perform regional functional assessments related to the cervical spine. Finally Dr Rigney discusses and prescribes some home activities designed to improve function and reduce symptoms related to neck pain and dysfunction.

Module 2: Dr Shaun O’Leary

Current trends in the assessment and training of cervical motor function in the management of neck pai.

This workshop video focuses on the assessment and training of cervical motor function for the management of neck pain.. The workshop draws on applied anatomy, research evidence from mechanistic and interventional studies, and clinical expertise, to outline a systematic approach to the assessment and training of cervical motor function for the management of neck pain.

Part 2: 5.0 Hours (5 Modules)

Module 1: Professor Charlotte Lebeouf-Yde

Causal mechanisms of neck pain: Is neck pain genetic or is it caused by external factors?

Professor Leboeuf-Yde discusses the epidemiology of neck pain and causal mechanisms of neck pain with reference to both hereditary and environmental factors and whether degeneration is a likely cause of neck pain.

Modules 2 & 3: Dr Susan Mercer

Correlative Clinical Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Cervical Spine: Part I and Part II.

Fundamental to developing a rational biological basis for any assessment or treatment technique for cervicogenic headache or neck pain is an understanding of the bio mechanics of the cervical spine from an anatomical perspective. In this video Dr Mercer will discuss the inmate and unique relationship between structure and function of the cervical spine, while challenging the traditionally presented biological rationale for many assessment and treatment techniques used in the treatment of cervicogenic headache and neck pain.

Module 4: Associate Professor Michele Sterling

Individualised treatment for neck pain and whiplash

In this video Associate Professor Stirling presents her research on the roles of central hyperexcitability and psychological distress associated with whiplash. It has now been well established that some whiplash patients suffer from widespread sensory and motor hypersensitivity, autonomic disturbances, motor dysfunction and psychological distress. Professor Sterling also discusses the relationship and interactions between these characteristics and their importance in treatment of whiplash and neck pain.

Module 5: Associate Professor Michele Sterling

 The heterogen eity of whiplash 

Associate Professor Sterling presents on her extensive and internationally acclaimed research into neck pain and whiplash and will focus on treatment of whiplash neck pain and the often neglected associated symptoms of whiplash trauma. Professor Sterling’s research has shown that whiplash is not a heterogeneous condition but with subgroups of patients displaying varying physical and psychological presentations and therefore treatment needs to be individualised to address the different aspects of whiplash patients. Professor Sterling also discusses and demonstrates time-efficient tools for use in clinical practice, designed to assess and identify features which may predict a good or poor recovery.

Part 3: 4.0 Hours (6 Modules)

Module 1: Dr Michael Jones

Advances in CT and MRI Imaging

In this presentation Dr Jones discusses the exciting new developments in musculoskeletal imaging that are emerging regularly as well as “what’s new” in imaging. Dr Jones also talks about his special interest in image guided injections and procedures.

Module 2Professor Kathryn Refshauge

Is neck pain more than just a pain in the neck? – Associated symptoms and differentiation of dizziness symptoms,  focusing on BPPV

In this presentation Dr Refshauge  discusses the many associated symptoms of neck pain including cervicogenic dizziness and its treatment with manual therapy as well as  benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, and demonstrate how this is diagnosed and successfully and quickly treated.

Module 3: Dr Peter Selvaratnam

Differential diagnosis & management of cervicogenic and TMJ related headache.

In this video Dr Selvaratnam addresses the differential diagnosis of two common types of headaches, cervicogenic and temperomandibular disorder related headache and also discusses a self-management strategy with a biomechanical taping programme of the spine and shoulder girdle to treat these conditions..

Module 4: Dr Damien Phillips

Differential diagnosis of the dizzy patient

In this presentation Dr Phillips discusses the differential diagnosis of dizziness and vertigo. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, acute vestibular neuronitis, and Ménière’s disease cause most cases of vertigo; however, clinicians practicing manual medicine must consider other causes including cerebrovascular disease, vertebrobasilar ishaemia, migraine, psychological disease, perilymphatic fistulas, multiple sclerosis, and intracranial neoplasms. Dr Phillips also discusses and demonstrates important clinical tests to help differentiate those patients that require urgent referral.

Module 5: Dr Shaun Watson

 Headache – Differential diagnosis for chiropractors & osteopaths

 Many headaches are entirely benign, require little or no investigation and represent a practical management problem for the involved clinician.  Headache can also be a cardinal manifestation of serious illness.  Some guidance in recognising the serious headache is presented in this video as well as a system for classifying benign headaches with emphasis on the primary headache disorders such as migraine and tension-type headache, comparing and contrasting with cervicogenic headache.

Module 6: Mr David De La Harpe

When manual therapy fails – A surgical perspective

In this video spine surgeon Mr David de la Harpe discusses what the alternatives are when conservative therapy fails, when is surgery appropriate, what are the different surgical techniques, what is the expected outcome, what should you tell your patients about spinal surgery and more…

Part 4: 4.5 Hours ( 7 Modules)

Module 1: Grand Rounds

In this presentation actual case histories are presented to an expert panel who will be probed on all aspects of the history examination and diagnosis and finally questioned on what would be an appropriate course of therapy.

Module 2: Professor Kathryn Refshauge

Is manual therapy better than placebo or natural history?

In this presentation Dr Refshauge presents on the effectiveness of manual therapy for neck pain and the results of her recent RCT on the treatment of non-specific neck pain with spinal manipulation. Although manipulation has been shown to be effective and provides a rapid improvement for neck pain, does it prevent chronicity? Kathryn will discuss this important issue as well as explore prognostic factors for non-specific neck pain.

Module 3: Dr Bruce Walker

Manipulation and stroke- What does the evidence really say?

In this presentation Dr Walker critically reviews the scientific literature on the relationship between neck manipulation and stroke.  He presents the audience with a “no holds barred” review of what the literature really says about this extremely important complication of spinal manipulation

Module 4: Professor Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde

Treatment of patients with neck pain – A negative outcome

In this video Professor Leboeuf-Yde focuses on manipulation of the cervical spine and the specific factors that may determine negative outcome to treatment.

Module 5: Professor Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde

Treatment of patients with neck pain – A positive outcome

In this video Professor Leboeuf-Yde focuses on manipulation of the cervical spine and the specific factors that may determine positive outcome to treatment.

Module 6: Professor Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde

Treatment of patients with neck pain – Risk vs benefits – The take home message

In this video Professor Leboeuf-Yde summarises her presentations on positive and negative outcomes in the treatment of neck pain and provides her simple home messages.

Module 7: Dr Simon French

Should we mobilise or manipulate? – Risk benefit analysis

Dr French’s presentation is from the perspective that chiropractors and osteopaths often have little exposure or understanding of spinal mobilisation but this modality has been widely promoted as being a much safer alternative to neck manipulation. Simon will review the literature on the risks and benefits of both these treatments and present his findings in a clear and understandable analysis.

Costs (inclusive of GST)

Full Course (19.0 FLA Hrs) – COCA/CA Members $412.50 – Non-Members $550.00

Part 1 (5.5 FLA Hrs) – COCA/CA Members $285.00 – Non-Members $380.00

Part 2 (5.0 FLA Hrs) – COCA/CA Members $262.50 – Non-Members $350.00

Part 3 (4.0 FLA Hrs) – COCA/CA Members $235.00 – Non-Members $300.00

Part 4 (4.5 FLA Hrs) – COCA/CA Members $255.00 – Non-Members $340.00