A concussion is a heterogeneous injury marked by traumatic biomechanical forces contributing towards a neuro metabolic cascade resulting in a plethora of symptoms including dizziness, headache, and more. Due to the multi-factorial nature of this injury the examination of concussion must include a multi-dimensional approach. Given the traumatic nature of these injuries, attention needs to be placed not only on the neurological system but also the musculoskeletal system. The reality is that concussion includes a lot of clinical “gray area” and can include multiple scopes of practice, as such a hybrid approach needs to be employed by the physical therapist. A component of this process is examination of the cervical spine. The purpose of this course is to focus on the cervical contributions towards symptomology following concussion. Emphasis will be placed upon examination as well as potential interventional strategies for the post-concussion patient specific to the domain of cervicogenic impairment.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the role of the cervical spine in symptomology following concussion.
- demonstrate a thorough understanding of evaluative techniques for the cervical spine following concussion.
- demonstrate a comprehension of potential differential diagnoses following a concussive event specifically regarding secondary cervical pathology.
- demonstrate the ability to formulate a plan of care framework specific to cervical impairment following concussion.