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Integrated Solutions for Head & Neck Pain: Assessment and Exercise prescription

Integrated Solutions for Head & Neck Pain

Unsure about management of complex mechanical neck pain or whiplash?

Confused about the differential diagnosis of headache, dizziness or orofacial pain?

Not sure about assessment techniques or specific exercise prescription?

Then this course, "Integrated Solutions for Head & Neck Pain: a practical approach to exercise prescription," is a 'must do' for you.

This course is an opportunity to enhance your skills in managing complex neck pain disorders that are often associated with headache, jaw pain, and dizziness. The presenter Dr Shaun O’Leary, is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists). Shaun divides his time between his clinical practice (Zest Physiotherapy), research (Principal Research Fellow at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital), and teaching (Senior Lecturer in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland). Shaun utilizes a minimalist common sense approach in the management of neck pain that is informed by research but directed by clinical reasoning.

While managing chronic neck pain often requires a multi-factorial approach, one particular challenge is in the early identification of key movement impairments and functional deficits that underlie the patient’s disorder. These can often be addressed with exercise and manual therapy. With regard to exercise, the key to successful exercise prescription is to provide specific but simple exercise that is manageable for the patient, and is adequately progressed. Commonly we prescribe exercise programs that are not specific enough and are not adequately progressed to meet the patients’ individual needs. Additionally programs often contain too many exercises, which can aggravate symptoms and compromise adherence and therefore success.

Your benefits from attending this course will include;

  1. Enhance your knowledge of cervical motion and muscle function to facilitate clinical skills in observation and exercise prescription
  2. Interpret current research evidence of motor function and exercise trials, and the implications in the management of your patient’s with neck pain
  3. Apply a systematic approach to identify, which patients will benefit from a therapeutic exercise program
  4. Understand the relationship between your patient’s functional deficits, their painful movement disorder, findings from tests of posture, movement, flexibility, and muscle performance, to facilitate clinical decision-making
  5. Develop your skills to identify dysfunction in the anterior/posterior cervical muscles, axioscapular muscles, and sensorimotor function, using a battery of clinical tests
  6. Identify and account for potential barriers to the successful implementation of exercise approaches in the management of some chronic neck pain disorders
  7. Enhance your clinical reasoning skills, underpinning prioritization in exercise prescription
  8. Establish decisive and efficient plans of action for therapeutic exercise with adequate progression
  9. Determine how to integrate exercise prescription with other therapeutics such as manual therapy

Shaun has 27 publications in peer reviewed international journals and is a co-author of a book concerning the management of cervical spine disorders (Whiplash, Headache and Neck Pain; Jull, Sterling, Treleaven, Falla, & O’Leary). Shaun is also a co-author on a chapter in an internationally acknowledged discipline specific book (Grieve's Modern Manual Therapy 3rd ed).

Shaun has extensive clinical experience in the management of musculoskeletal disorders and is a Fellow and examiner of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. Apart from his clinical teaching at the University of Queensland undergraduate and postgraduate programs, Shaun has delivered numerous clinical seminars and courses in Australia and internationally including Japan, England, Ireland, Norway, and the USA.

Course Participation Requirements

  1. Due to the structure of the course a minimum level of knowledge is required. Our minimal standard in regards to education is a degree course or higher in an area of the medical sciences (e.g. physiotherapy, chiropractic, nursing, medicine, podiatry)
  2. You are required to have current registration with your national professional body
  3. You are required to have public indemnity insurance as per your professional bodies minimum standard.

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