Course Description:

The course intent is to give the practicing clinician an evidenced-based approach to managing patients who present with pain in the cervical region and/or caused by a condition of the cervical region. An evidence based approach will be utilized to determine how to select the best tests when assessing the cervical spine. Evidence-based intervention will include the optimum manual techniques for each condition as well as discuss integration of manual techniques with other interventions such as exercise, modalities, etc.

Case examples will be reviewed and lab sessions will allow participants to practice exam and intervention techniques. Therapists will learn how to correctly classify their patients so as to increase their likelihood of successful treatment in patients with neck or upper limb pain coming from the cervical spine. Therapists will also learn how to use Clinical Practice Guidelines when making clinical decisions for their patients. The ultimate aim of this course is to assist therapists in synthesizing information to effectively examine, evaluate, make a differential diagnosis, select the most appropriate tests using evidence, make a realistic prognosis with classification, and choose an effective intervention based on clinical reasoning, best available evidence, and patient preferences.

At the completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • Integrate relative aspects of anatomy and biomechanics into the entirety of patient management for patients with cervical conditions.
  • Safely and effectively perform a clinical examination of the cervical and associated body regions.
  • Correlate the findings of the examination with diagnostic tests, functional outcome measures, etc. to identify a cluster of signs and symptoms that may be consistent with a condition as described in the literature for Cervical Classification for individuals with neck pain.
  • Determine the most appropriate course of action for a given patient with cervical spine dysfunction which may include PT intervention and/or referral to another healthcare provider.
  • Safely and effectively provide the most efficient and effective manual therapy based interventional techniques for patients with cervical conditions.

Intended Audience:

The information presented in this course is clinically relevant for licensed Physical Therapists (PT) only.


This course has been approved for 12 contact hours (1.2 CEUs) by the following boards:

  • Florida Physical Therapy Association

Disclaimer: Registrations from individuals with clinical designations not listed in the intended audience for this course may be subject to removal from the course roster without a full refund. If you are unsure or have questions related to the intended audience, please email and we will be happy to help clarify!


If you are a Brooks Clinician and want to pay by cost center, please fill out this registration form and return the check and form to the Brooks IHL.