Clinical Examination and Treatment of the Cervical and Upper Thoracic Spine

Online continuing education course for physical therapists and occupational therapists with professional DVD component.

Online Continuing Education Course Features


Why you should take this course: Managing patients with neck pain can be confusing and frustrating for novice and experienced clinicians alike. In this course, Dr. Durall uses treatment-based classification to streamline clinical decision making and care planning. Examination techniques and strategies are presented that are supported by research and/or clinical experience.

Intervention strategies covered include high velocity thrust manipulation, therapeutic exercise to improve dynamic stabilization, and directionally-specific exercise. Treatment strategies for patients with arm symptoms, cervicogenic headaches or high-levels of neck pain are also included.

  • Highlights in Functional Anatomy of the Cervical Spine
  • Screening for Cervical Spine Instability & Vertebral Artery Insufficiency
  • Classifying Neck Disorders: Simplifying Decision-Making
  • - Mobility Classification
    - Centralization Classification
    - Conditioning Classification
    - Cervicogenic Headaches
    - Pain Control Classification
  • Describe the functional anatomy of the cervical spine.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of occipito-atlantal or atlanto-axial instability or cervical artery dysfunction that warrant referral to another healthcare provider.
  • Utilize a treatment-based classification approach to assist with care planning.
  • Perform thrust and non-thrust manual therapy techniques to the thoracic spine, 1st rib, and cervical spine.
  • Formulate therapeutic exercise programs to improve dynamic stabilization of the cervico-thoracic spine.
  • Implement select manual therapy and exercise techniques to manage patients with arm symptoms in association with neck pain.
  • Differentiate cervicogenic headaches from other types of headaches.
  • Utilize select manual therapy and exercise techniques to manage patients with cervicogenic headaches.
  • Employ appropriate intervention strategies for patients with high-levels of neck pain.

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The DVD contains videos presented in chapter sequence as well as an interactive menu system for detailed viewing and study of each video segment. The online course includes the movies on the DVD as well as written content, medical illustrations and animations

North American Seminars endorses Responsible CME™. Responsible CME™ is a program whereby medical professionals use technology to enhance their understanding of medical concepst either before or after a hands on training event. These DVD and online courses are not a substitute for hands-on training and proper instructional mentorship. Using online training to replace hands-on training, in accordance with the Responsible CME program™, is not in the best interest of the medical professional or the patients they treat.

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Professionally filmed and developed DVD:
  • Professional film designed with interactive menus and instructional video
  • Can be purchased and used seperately from the online continuing education course for physical therapists and occupational therapists.
  • Share among groups of therapists and they can purchase the test only purchase option and save on continuing education
Online Continuing Education Course for PT, OT, PTA and COTA
  • Delivers medical content, medical illustrations, medical animations to PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet
  • Provides continuing medical education online course credit for PT, PTA, OT, COTA licensing requirements
  • Instant access upon purchases, a 70% or greater test course allows course certificate to be printed online.
  • Online continuing education test can be taken as many times as need to achieve 70% or greater test score

Continuing Medical Education Purchase Options


Item: DVD

Price (USD): $89.95

Item: Instant Access to Course CEU Test, Requires a previous DVD purchase

Price (USD): $99.95

This course is approved for: 10.0 hrs, 1.0 CEU

Item: DVD Shipment and Instant Online Access to Course Material, Videos, New ! Downloadable Course Manual PDF,Online Test and Printable Course Certificate with State Specific CEU approval - Most popular option!

Price (USD): $175.00

This course is approved for: 10.0 hrs, 1.0 CEU
Professional DVD features


Cervical DVD  
  • An advanced learning tool to enhance understanding of proper examination and treatment of the cervical and upper thoracic spine.
  • Over 25 treatments are detailed after thirty examination techniques. Narrated by Chris Durall, PT, DPT, MS, SCS, LAT, CSCS
  • High quality, professional video production. Filmed using multiple camera angles to provide close up and detailed views of techniques.

    Click to view video samples

    Measuring Cervical Rotation Cervical Spine Course Video of measuring cervical rotation with a goniometer Upper Limb Tension Test Cervical Spine Course Video of performing upper limb tension test
    Headlamp Targeting Cervical Spine Course Video of using a headlamp targeting to improve repositioning acuity Goniometric Measurement Cervical Spine Course Video of Goniometric Measurement of Cervical Lateral Flexion

    Short video samples are provided to illustrate movie quality, not to demonstrate any technique or procedure

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  • 100% guarantee until online test is completed or 30 days from purchase.
  • Online test can be taken multiple times to achieve 70% or greater.
  • Online course can be taken over time, with easy access to content.
  • Therapists can share DVD and just purchase online test portion
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    Cervical Spine Course

    Short Introduction video samples are provided to illustrate movie quality, not to demonstrate any technique, procedure or to convey medical advice. This information is directed only at the licensed medical professional. To purchase these products, you must be a licensed medical professional and agree to the terms and conditions and release during the purchasing process

    Chris Durall, PT, DPT, MS, SCS, LAT, CSCS, is the Director of the Student Health Center Physical Therapy Department and a Graduate Faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Prior to assuming the Directorship at UW-LaCrosse, Dr. Durall was an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Department at Creighton University where he received three consecutive Educator of the Year awards. Dr. Durall has extensive experience in manual therapy and sports physical therapy and he combines attributes of both in his courses. Dr. Durall earned baccalaureate (1993) and Advanced Masters (1998) degrees in Physical Therapy from UW-LaCrosse, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Creighton University (2002). He is a graduate of the Gundersen-Lutheran Sports Physical Therapy Residency program, a board-certified sports physical therapist, a licensed athletic trainer, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Dr. Durall has authored or co-authored numerous textbook chapters and research articles on a variety of musculoskeletal topics.