Mini Course: Treating the Cervical Spine

Learn to Treat Efficiently and Effectively

Course Description

In this course, students will learn an overview of Treating the Cervical Spine. This mini-course provides students with a snapshot of the content contained in our full course, Orthopedic Management of the Cervical Spine.

Both instructors are Orthopedic Clinical Specialists and Fellowship in Manual Therapy trained.

  • Section 1: Anatomy and Biomechanics
  • Section 2: Differential Diagnosis [NOT available in mini-course]
  • Section 3: Examination and Evaluatio
  • Section 4: Intervention and Treatment Approach
  • Section 5: Case Studies

Lecture Overview (Scroll down to view the anatomy and biomechanics lecture)

The mini-course offers recorded lectures, supplemental pictures and videos to assist with comprehension, and more

Why Take Our Course?

Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPTs) who have also earned their Orthopedic Clinical Specialists (OCS) and Fellowship in Manual Therapy (FAAOMPT) comprise only ~1% of all Physical Therapists across the United States. Your course authors have been trained in all of these areas, and they have completed additional coursework in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Dry Needling, and other integrative medicine courses. Both Dr. Jim Heafner and Dr. Chris Fox completed credentialed Orthopedic Residency programs with a heavy emphasis on clinical mentorship. Their academic and clinical backgrounds make them experts in managing cervical spine patients. As evidenced based practitioners, the Orthopedic Management of the Cervical Spine includes the HIGHEST levels of evidence plus their individual expertise helping patients with both acute and chronic neck pain return to full activity.

The cervical spine is a complex region of the body when it comes to orthopedic management of injuries. Part of it stems from the perceived risks with treatment, while others may feel uncertain regarding the variety in anatomy. With our course you will feel confident and competent in all aspects of managing patient with neck pain. We incorporate a thorough review of the biomechanics of the spine prior to moving onto differential diagnosis, examination and treatment. To simplify the clinical reasoning process, we utilize various methods of classification for examination and treatment: Sahrmann's Movement Impairment Syndromes, Repeated Motions, and the APTA's Treatment Based Classification System. By using what the research has shown to be most effective and complementing it with what is clinically successful, you will be an expert in managing patient with cervical conditions.

What Participants Can Expect to Learn

Research and Science

The information provided in this course is developed from the highest levels of research, including the clinical practice guidelines for neck pain, high level RCTs, and more. This information is the foundation of the program.

The Art of Clinical Practice

While we strongly believe in the importance of research, the second aspect of our course is the art of evaluating and treating a patient with cervical spine pain. Dr. Chris Fox PT, DPT, OCS and Dr. Jim Heafner PT, DPT, OCS offer their clinical pearls, treatment tips, and knowledge regarding how to obtain the BEST results with your cervical spine patients!


Course Curriculum

  Pre-Course: Introduction to the Cervical Spine
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  Section 1: Anatomy and Biomechanics
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  Section 3: Examination and Evaluation
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  Section 5: Case Studies and Clinical Application
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  Thank you for taking the Mini-Course!
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your mini-course, fortunately it's free! We encourage you to view other courses and content we offer.
Are only Physical Therapists and Student Physical Therapists eligible to purchase the course?
No. While the course is geared toward Physical Therapists, other medical specialists are welcome to take the course. The program is suitable for Physical Therapy assistants (PTAs), Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and more. While all professions are welcome to take the course, individuals should review and follow their professions practice act regarding transferability of skills learned.