Differential Diagnosis of the Spine Part 2

Differential Diagnosis of the Spine Part 2

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The second course in the Differential Diagnosis of the Spine Series deals with the Cervical Spine and Cranial regions. Specific mandatory questions, red flags and specific charts on signs and symptoms of diseases and conditions of this region are presented.

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The second course in the Differential Diagnosis of the Spine Series deals with the Cervical Spine and Cranial regions. Specific mandatory questions, red flags and specific charts on signs and symptoms of diseases and conditions of this region are presented. Headache classifications and a broad number of diseases of the upper quadrant are presented in detail along with their signs and symptoms. Evidence based CPR’s such as the Canadian C Spine Rule, CPR for Myelopathy and Radiculopathy and specific screening tools are outlined. A discussion of how to screen for BPPV is also presented.

Objectives:

 

  • Recognize and list four red flags for the cervical and shoulder girdle
  • Identify three medical conditions that may refer to the cervical spine but are non-musculoskeletal in origin and require a physician’s intervention.
  • Review two CPR for the Cervical Spine
  • Identify one dural test that is done for the nervous system in the Cervical region.

 

Cervical and Shoulder

Diseases that relate or refer to the C spine and Shoulder complex

Headache Classifications

Arteriovenous malformations

Neuralgias

Bells Palsy and Ramsey Hunt Syndromes

Meningitis and Encephalitis

CVA

Neoplasm

Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme Disease

Giant Cell Arteritis

Retropharyngeal Abscess

Osteomyelitis

Cervical Myelopathy

Syringiomyelia

RA

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Acute Torticollis and adolescent issues

Screening tools and Evidence

Canadian Cervical Spine Rule

Clinical Prediction Rule (CPR) for Cervical Radiculopathy

Clinical Prediction Rule for Cervical Myelopathy

Closed Cervical Fractures

Vertebral Artery Testing

BPPV Screening

 

Debra Dent is a Physical Therapist with 40 years of experience specializing in manual therapy of the spine. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada where she received her Diploma of Physiotherapy in 1977 and her Bachelors of Physical Therapy in 1979. She was certified as a Part A Manual Physical Therapist from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 1989 and received her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1994 (FCAMPT). Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) designation was completed in 1996 and recertified in 2006 and 2016 as Emeritus.

Debra is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists (FCAMPT) since 1994 and was an instructor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association prior to moving to the USA. She was a guest clinical instructor at the University of South Florida from 2003-05, teaching the Spinal Manual Therapy Program for the MscPT undergraduate program. She has taught a large number of manual therapy courses in the US and Canada.

She wrote the Segmental Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine for Northeast Seminars Online programs. She owns Cross Border Seminars and presently works as a consultant and contract PT in Palm Harbor Florida. Her primary case load is Rheumatology patients and deals with a multitude of dysfunctions related to those diseases as well as aging and osteoporosis. She is a photographer, captain/sailor and an avid runner.

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