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Treating the Neck: A Hands-on Approach to Cervical Pathology
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3/3/2018 to 3/4/2018
When: March 3-4, 2018
8:00am-5:00pm Sat; 8:00am-12:00pm Sun
Where: University of Minnesota - Children's Rehab Center (Room 202)
426 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455
United States
Contact: Paul Johnson

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Speakers: Oliver Ang, PT, MClSc (manip), FCAMPT, FAAOMPT and Jean-Philippe Paquin, B.Sc.pht, M.Cl.Sc.(manip), M.Sc (candidate), FCAMPT
Contact Hours: 11.5 contact hours (MN BPT Cat. 1)
Location: University of Minnesota - Children's Rehab Center (Room 202). Directions will be sent to registrants prior to the course.

About This Course

This course will present the management of cervical disorders with an emphasis on manual therapy. An overview of the research into the nature of impairments that may occur with neck pain/injury and the sub classification of neck disorders, which informs a manual therapy approach, will be provided.

This course has a practical emphasis and will explore in detail the assessment and management strategies for cervical disorders with a focus on cervicogenic headache and mechanical neck pain. Safety issues to the use of cervical mobilizations and manipulations will be discussed and simple manipulation techniques of the cervical and thoracic spine will be introduced.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Have a good understanding of the presentation of patients with cervical disorders
  • Use a sub classification system for differential diagnosis of cervical disorders and the treatment directives from the assessment
  • Develop clinical skills in the use of diagnostic tests in patients with cervical disorders
  • Develop clinical skills in the biomechanical assessment in patients with cervical disorders
  • Develop clinical skills and adequate reasoning in the use of spinal manipulations in patients with cervical disorders
  • Discuss safety in the use of spinal manipulations of the cervical spine

Course Schedule

Day 1: Saturday
7:30am-8:00am           Registration
8:00am-8:30am           Introduction: Speaker information and course objective
8:30am-9:00am           Lab/ Lecture: The concept of Locking
9:00am-9:30am           Lecture: Cervicogenic Headache (Recent research and Presentation of case 1)
9:30am-10:00am         Lab: Clinical Assessment of the craniovertebral junction (Biomechanics)
10:00am-10:15am       Morning break
10:15am-10:45am       Lab: Clinical Assessment of the Craniovertebral junction
10:45am-11:00am       Lecture: Evidence of manual therapy management on cervicogenic headache
11:00am-12:30pm       Lab: Manual therapy techniques of the craniovertebral junction
12:30pm-1:30pm         Lunch break (on your own)
1:30pm-2:00pm           Lecture: Mechanical Neck Pain (Recent research and Presentation of case 2)
2:00pm-2:30pm           Lab: Clinical Assessment of the mid cervical spine (Biomechanics)
2:30pm-3:00pm           Lab: Clinical Assessment of the mid cervical spine
3:00pm-3:15pm           Evidence of manual therapy management on  neck pain
3:15pm-3:30pm           Afternoon break
3:30pm-5:00pm           Lab: Manual therapy techniques of the mid cervical spine/thorax
5:00pm                        Adjourn

Day 2: Sunday
8:00am-8:30am           Lab: Round Robin
8:30am-9:15am           Lecture: Safety issues of spinal manipulation
9:15am-9:30am           Lecture :Evidence of exercises on neck pain
9:30am-11:00am         Lab: Cervical Exercises
11:00am-11:45am       Cases 
11:45am-12:00 noon   Summary/Closing
12:00 noon                  Adjourn


Speaker Biography 

Oliver Ang, PT, MClSc (manip), FCAMPT, FAAOMPT

Oliver Ang obtained his Physical Therapy degree in 2006 from Université Laval, in Quebec, Canada. He worked for 3 years in Canada where he established his expertise in spine. He joined Fairview Health Services in 2010 and became one of the spine therapists at the University Orthopedics Therapy Center. He was also the co-coordinator of the cervical spine program of the Institute for Athletic Medicine. In 2015, he received his clinical masters and Canadian manual therapy fellowship at the University of Western Ontario. The same year, he became the 20th fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in the state of Minnesota and joined the Orthology team. Oliver collaborates with researchers from Canada as part of the Cochrane Collaboration-Cervical Overview Group. He has mentored physiotherapists from France, has lectured in Nairobi, Kenya and assisting therapists in the Philippines to establish their own manual therapy fellowship program.


Jean-Philippe Paquin, B.Sc.pht, M.Cl.Sc.(manip), M.Sc (candidate), FCAMPT

Jean-Philippe Paquin obtained his Physical Therapy degree in 2010 from Université Laval, in Quebec. He continued his studies in advanced manual therapy, completing the Canadian Fellowship in 2014 and became one of the youngest FCAMPT (Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy) in history. The same year, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Manipulative Therapy at University of Western Ontario and worked with the Cochrane Collaboration – Cervical Overview Group to publish a systematic review on exercises for mechanical neck disorders. Since then, Jean-Philippe has been mentoring physical therapists in their manual therapy training and has been an active instructor of the Canadian Physical Therapy Association manual therapy courses in Quebec. He is also implicated as a teacher in Sherbrooke University where he is pursuing his Masters in Health Sciences with research focus on,cervicogenic headaches. Lastly, Jean-Philippe works in a private clinic and is the head physical therapist of Karate Quebec.

Registration Information

Who should attend this course: PTs, Students (in final year)
Registrants: Enrollment in this course is limited to 30 participants
Registrants are asked to wear comfortable lab clothing. Male participants will be shirtless and female participants in sports bra during lab. ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE ASKED TO BRING A TOWEL AND PILLOW.
Registration Prices:
PT Member Student Member PT Nonmember Student Nonmember
$335 $235 $415 $295

Cancellations: Except for medical emergencies, cancellations two weeks before the course will be completely refunded, cancellations one to two weeks before the course will be refunded at the rate of 50%, and cancellations less than a week before the course will not be refunded. 

Questions: Please contact the MNPTA office with any questions at:

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