Start date
21 April, 2018
End date
22 April, 2018
Date note
This 2-day course runs from 8:30am - 4:30pm each day


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Multimodal management, including manual therapy and exercise is considered to be the most effective for patients with many forms of neck pain. There are many techniques available to the physiotherapist; the challenge is to optimize clinical reasoning in choosing the approach.

This course will use a case-based discussion to identify the subjective and objective features of various cervical spine clinical presentations, and then work through the management, including hands on techniques, which would represent best practise for that patient scenario.  The evidence will be presented wherever available.

Both manual therapy techniques and exercise options will be demonstrated and practised with the emphasis on manual therapy.

This is not a comprehensive cervical exercise course, but the basics will be presented as applicable to the specific conditions discussed.

Course Objectives

  1. Course participants will become familiar with various classification systems for neck pain.

  2. Course participants will be able to identify the key features, both subjective and objective, for several common cervical spine classifications

  3. Through demonstration and lab practise, participants will acquire practical skills, both assessment and treatment, to use with their patients with cervical dysfunction in their clinical practice. 

This 2-day course runs from 8:30am - 4:30pm each day.


Carol KennedyCarol Kennedy graduated from Queen’s University in 1979, completed her Advanced Diploma of Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 1984 and then her Clinical Masters of Science in Manipulative Therapy from UWO in 2010. She teaches extensively in the Canadian Manual Therapy Course System, as well as cervical spine manual therapy and exercise courses nationally and internationally. She is past Chair of the Chief Examiner Board for the National Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Exams. In 2005 Carol received an Award of Excellence in the Clinical Contribution category from the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia for her work and teaching in the area of the cervical spine. In 2012, Carol was part of the first group of candidates to successfully complete the CPA Clinical Specialization Program in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and also qualified as an assessor for that program. In 2015, Carol received the Golden Hands Award, given to “an exceptional orthopaedic physio that exemplifies the commitment to our profession in manual therapy, education, mentorship & research”. Carol has contributed chapters on cervical exercise for the textbooks; Therapeutic Exercise, Moving Toward Function (4th edition, 2017) as well as Manual Therapy for Musculoskeletal Pain Syndromes (2016). Carol presented at the Medical Symposium at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics as well as several other congresses on the topic of Cervical Contributions to Concussion-type Symptoms. Carol is a partner at Treloar Physiotherapy Clinic in Vancouver where she almost exclusively treats patients with cervical spine disorders.

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Event Cost
Early Bird Pricing $610.00 - PABC Member, $ 425.00- PABC New Grad Member, $795.00- Non-PABC member plus GST After March 15, 2018 midnight all prices increase by $50.00
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UBC Friedman Building - UBC Lab 304
2177 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z3

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