The Neck: Clinical Rehabilitation
Dates: 18-19 January 2020
Course leader: Chris Worsfold
About the course
Delegates will learn how to integrate the latest, cutting edge assessment and treatment approaches into their clinical practice from a physiotherapist that specialises in neck pain.
The main focus of the course is on one-to-one patient self-management, but delegates will also learn:
- how to carry out psychological screening to assess prognosis;
- group-based exercise approaches to neck pain (the ‘Neck Gym’);
- novel ‘hands on’ manipulative approaches;
- sensorimotor assessment and management.
Osteopathic Practice Standards (updated) and other CPD elements covered
A Communication and patient partnership A2
B Knowledge, skills and performance B1, B2
C Safety and quality in practice C1
- Develop a better understanding of the biopsychosocial context of neck pain.
- Develop a greater knowledge of the forces involved and pathologies that follow whiplash injury.
- Develop confidence in identifying red flags and what constitutes an evidence-based assessment of neck pain.
- Develop an evidence-based, clinically-reasoned management plan that includes screening for poor outcome in neck pain.
- Develop practical skills in assessing and managing impairments of muscle performance, oculomotor control, proprioception, postural stability and psychological factors that are associated with neck pain.
- Develop practical evidence treatment strategies that include exercise based, soft tissue manipulation and joint mobilisation techniques.
10:00-10:30 Do No Harm: Red flags, cervical myelopathy, Canadian C-Spine Rule (excluding fracture), Cervical Arterial Dissection (CAD). THEORY.
10:30-11:00 Whiplash Injury: kinematics, biomechanics & pathology. THEORY.
11:15-12:30 Muscle and Motor Control Dysfunction. This session presents the assessment of the muscle and motor control systems. THEORY / PRACTICAL 30:70.
13:30-16:00 Sensorimotor Impairment. This session presents the clinical assessment of proprioception, oculomotor control and postural stability. THEORY:PRACTICAL 30:70.
16:15-16.45 Towards an Evidence-Based Clinical Examination of the Cervical Spine theory practical 50:50
16:45-17:30 Predicting Prognosis in Whiplash & Neck Pain: Assessing risk of poor recovery & introducing the role of ‘central sensitisation’, stress, fear & catastrophising. THEORY.
09:00 - 09:30 Day 1 review. THEORY.
09:30 – 10:30 Progressing Treatment (Sensorimotor, Muscles & Motor Control): including an introduction to group-based approaches to neck pain. THEORY PRACTICAL 30:70.
10:45-12:30 Managing Neck Pain. This practical session presents recommendations for the management of neck pain including specific manual therapy and soft tissue manipulation approaches. PRACTICAL.
13:30-14:30 Physiotherapy & Neck pain: What is the evidence base for effective clinical practice? THEORY.
14:30-15:30 Managing Neck Pain (continued) Further techniques are presented, as a continuation of the morning session. PRACTICAL.
15:30-17:30 Case Studies – putting it all together. THEORY.
The course is suitable for osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and sports therapists.
About the course leader
Chris Worsfold is a full time musculoskeletal physiotherapist, specialising in neck pain. He set up Kent Neck Pain Centre in Tonbridge, Kent in 2010.
He is a popular and in-demand public speaker and very regularly presents his work to students, health professionals and lawyers in schools, NHS Hospitals, private clinics and at national conferences. He represented the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) in Parliament in 2013 and on the Ministry of Justice Whiplash Reform Working Group (2014) – tasked with reforming the whiplash medico-legal reporting system in England and Wales.
He has appeared on BBC1, BBC2, BBC Parliament, BBC Radio 4 and in the national press discussing neck pain.