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Online Course: Neck Pain

Speciality Classification
14-16 hours

Neck pain is a common condition that causes substantial disability and it is increasing worldwide. Out of all 291 conditions studied in the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study, neck pain ranked 4th highest in terms of disability as measured by YLDs (Years Lived with Disability), and 21st in terms of overall burden.   In addition, the study reported the incidence of neck pain is increasing with a 21% rise between 2005 and 2015.  The high prevalence of neck pain and related costs in terms of health care expenditures and lost productivity is causing a rising economic burden in modern societies.

Physiotherapy can have a massive impact on the global burden of neck pain.  Through the application of good examination skills, effective clinical reasoning and appropriate selection of interventions the impact of neck pain for any individual can be significantly reduced.  In addition the high tendency for chronicity in neck pain can be lowered with effective management.


This course aims to provide a good foundation of theoretical knowledge related to the cervical spine that will enable you to effectively assess and treat individuals with neck pain.

  • Section 1: Neck Structure and Function, Epidemiology of Neck Pain
  • Section 2: Clinical Presentations of Neck Pain
  • Section 3: Assessment of the Individual with Neck Pain
  • Section 4: Therapeutic Interventions for Neck Pain
Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy professionals, clinicians and students.


This course is divided into 4 sections and it is suggested (but not required) that each section be completed over the duration of approximately a week. Please note that no deadlines are applied and this course can be started and completed according to your own schedule. We expect the required elements of each section/week to take around 14-16 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
It’s not going to be easy, we’ll expect you to work hard for your completion certificate and PP+ points! You won’t be sitting back and watching webinars, we’ll expect you to reading tasks, complete quizzes, perform literature searches and other learning activities. You’ll need to reflect on your own experiences and contribute them within the discussion forum, this is where we can learn from each other’s experiences and knowledge from all around the world! At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 16 PP+ points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate you will need to:

  • abide by the Physiopedia Plus Community Culture
  • log as completed all the required learning activities
  • actively participate in the course forum discussions
  • pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more
  • complete a course evaluation form
  • Learning outcomes

    At the end of this course you will be able to:

    • describe prevalence of neck pain in relation to two different demographics.
    • describe three ways that anatomical configuration of the cervical region contributes to function
    • describe two age related differences in the cervical spine
    • differentiate between 5 common conditions of the cervical spine
    • identify 3 presentations that require medical referral
    • evaluate a case presentation and determine when referral for medical investigation is indicated
    • select appropriate evidence based examination tests to differentiate between different conditions of the cervical spine
    • list 4 outcome measure that can appropriately identify factors that may lead to deviation from the normal clinical course for neck pain
    • evaluate a case presentation to differentiate between 2 different possible causes of neck pain
    • choose the correct classification treatment approach for the individual with neck pain for a given case presentation
    • design an appropriate evidence based management strategy for an individual with neck pain based on a case scenario
    • identify 3 signs that indicate a potential for an individual with neck pain to progress to chronicity
    Online Course: Neck Pain
    Interest Areas / Topics Covered
    Pain management, Health Assessments
    Provider Type
    Non Profit Organisation
    14-16 hours
    Price Details
    Included with a subscription
    Included with a subscription
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