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169425 - Assessment and Management of Neck and Upper Back Pain

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Face to face
7.5 hours

This module outlines an efficient and careful approach to the assessment and management of patients with cervical and thoracic spinal pain seen in a general practice setting. It aims to teach the clinical features that offer the best route to a specific diagnosis and will discuss current management options. It covers the key elements of history taking and examination by providing registrants with the opportunity to practice examination tests on each other under supervision. Tests will include movement assessment, palpation of key surface anatomy landmarks in the spine and special tests to make an accurate diagnosis. There will be also be discussion of the benefits and limitations of spinal investigations and general and condition-specific management strategies for use in general practice. Small group case discussions and personal feedback on examination techniques will be used to enhance learning.

Relevance to General Practice

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Learning outcomes
  • Systems based LO: Demonstrate a systems based approach to avoid misdiagnosis of neck and upper back complaints and inappropriate investigation or management
  • Utilise evidence-informed history & examination methods for patients with neck and upper back complaints and pain referred from these parts of the spine.
  • Utilise investigations for neck and upper back pain judiciously and interpret the results in light of existing evidence about them.
  • Outline clinical reasoning skills utilised in the diagnosis of neck and upper back complaints
  • Effectively and appropriately manage patients with neck and upper back complaints
  • Delivery
    169425 - Assessment and Management of Neck and Upper Back Pain
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    7.5 hours
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    7.5 hours
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