An upcoming course sponsored by the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) will focus on neck pain and provide an interactive lecture and hands-on lab opportunities. The course will encompass screening for referral, diagnostic labeling, intervention, and clinical reasoning in the context of the International Classification of Functioning and Health (ICF) model as described in the Orthopedic Section Neck Pain Guidelines, according to a CPTA course description.

The CPTA course description indicates that an evidence-based rationale for the use of a clinical decision-making paradigm that classifies patients into homogenous subgroups that respond to both movement science and manual therapy interventions will be fully integrated and discussed for optimal patient management. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to select and demonstrate intervention strategies based on a biopsychosocial model of healthcare delivery to optimize outcomes of care.

Additional learning objectives for this course include synthesizing data from the examination and analyze data to make clinical judgments regarding differential diagnosis and patient management as well as integrating the examination and management of cervical dysfunction within the context of a comprehensive treatment-based classification system.

Participants in this continuing education event will also participate in peer assessment activities, demonstrate competence in selected manual therapy interventions and therapeutic exercise regarding the cervical region, and accurately identify patients likely to benefit from manipulation, stabilization exercises, specific exercise, traction approaches using recently developed clinical prediction rules.

“Neck Pain, Autonomy and Access” will be at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, Calif, on October 26. For additional course information or to register, visit

[Source: CPTA]