The Cervical Spine: A Manual Therapy and Pain Science Approach

Des Moines, IA US
May 21, 2016 to May 22, 2016




  • $475.00


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Course Description

imageThis 2 day/15 hour course offers a comprehensive investigation into the physical dysfunction of the cervical spine and its physical evaluation and treatment. The course is designed to provide the clinician with the skills to diagnose common cervical spine pathologies, recognize subjective and objective signs and symptoms of common cervical spine pathologies, determine the necessary precautions and contraindications and design comprehensive treatment protocols, both manual and exercised based. New and updated clinical pathology of the cervical spine form the framework from which cervical spine pathologies and pain patterns are discussed. Physical therapy treatment, as well as medical interventions and diagnosis such as MRI, CT scan, X-Ray, etc. will be discussed in relation to the new and updated research information. The material covered in this course is immediately applicable in the clinic and covers common conditions such as disc lesions, nerve root pain, facet joint injuries, spinal stenosis, headaches and whiplash injuries which will be discussed in depth. Clinicians will be instructed in safe and effective handling skills during the evaluation and treatment of the Cervical Spine. Treatments covered include joint mobilization, traction, neural tissue mobilization, soft tissue mobilization and functional rehabilitation as well as patient education. This course is only open to Physical Therapists.

Target Audience

This course is open to the professional designation of PT only. 


SaturdayMay 21, 2016
8 amIntroduction and Welcome
8:15 amClinical Reasoning and the Maitland Concept
9:45 amBreak
10 amClinical Anatomy and Pathology for the Cervical Spine
11:15 amLab: Palpation of the Cervical Spine
11:45 amCervical Spine Subjective Examination
12:15 pmImaging of the Cervical Spine
12:45 pmLunch
1:45 pmLab: Cervical Spine Objective Examination
4 pmBreak
4:15 pmPlanning the Treatment
4:30 pmLab: Cervical Spine Mobilization
6 pmAdjourn
SundayMay 22, 2016
8 amReview, Questions, and Comments
8:10 amWhiplash Disorders
9 amLab: Cervical Spine Mobilization
9:30 amNeurodynamics
10 amBreak
10:15 amLab: Neurodynamic Treatment
11 amHeadaches
11:30 amLunch
12:30 pmLab: Cervical Spine Mobilization
1 pmBest Evidence: Whiplash Disorder Treatment
1:30 pmExercising the Cervical Spine Patient
2 pmBreak
2:15 pmLab: Cervical Spine Mobilization
2:45 pmCervical Spine Surgery and Epidurals
3 pmCervical Spine Traction
3:15 pmThe Chronic Patient
3:45 pmReview, Questions and Summary
4 pmAdjourn


  1. Understand the clinical pathology of the Cervical Spine.
  2. Able to conduct a thorough subjective evaluation.
  3. Able to perform a skilled physical examination of the Cervical Spine and associated structures.
  4. Design and implement a thorough treatment plan, including spinal mobilization, neural tissue mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, exercise, traction and education.
  5. Perform all the techniques in a skilled and safe manner.

Continuing Education Hours

This course is approved for 15 hours (1.5 CEUs) for PT in states that require pre-approval.


Debbie Rico PT, DPT, CSMT

Debbie graduated from Florida International University with a B.S. in Physical Therapy and obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2012. In over 20 years of practice, she has accumulated extensive continuing education ranging from manual therapy to cardiac care to aquatic rehab. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member of Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, where she teaches spinal manual therapy, and has been a guest lecturer at Washburn University on wound care. She teaches staff computerized documentation and has extensive clinical experience. Over the last 15 years, she has focused her career in outpatient orthopedics and completed her Certified Spinal Manual Therapy Certification through ISPI.

International Spine and Pain Institute

The International Spine and Pain Institute (ISPI) is a seminar company based in the United States of America which creates and implements cutting edge, high quality and research based education and resources for physical therapists related to spinal disorders, orthopedics, and neuroscience. ISPI believes in creating a superior educational experience by using up-to-date research material and implementing it into clinical practice. ISPI achieves this by combining sound clinical reasoning, manual therapy, and neuroscience in order to educate and support healthcare providers with real life clinical issues. This is achieved through weekend continuing education courses and evening lectures, a certification process, conference presentations and more. ISPI continually strives to promote, enhance, and energize the physical therapy profession.


International Spine and Pain Institute

Welcome to Des Moines

In Des Moines, you can experience the excitement of the city and explore rural Iowa’s charming beauty. Connecting with your peers, shopping, food and activities make great memories.  This affordable, cosmopolitan city has an impressive blend of world class art and premier attractions, such as the Science Center of Iowa and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.  Miles of trails to walk or cycle allow you to see the city and the beauty of its rivers and parks ~ just steps away from the conference.  Bicycles are available for rent through the BCycle program!  When it comes to dining, our city offers incredible food prepared by talented chefs.  You will experience some of the finest tasting pork to Tai pizza.  Another added benefit is downtown’s four-mile, climate-controlled skywalk system (the largest skywalk system per capita in the world), our booming suburbs, and unique shopping in the East Village. Greater Des Moines is a growing metropolis with an array of attractions and entertainment in a setting that boasts a rich history, a thriving present and a very bright future, all while maintaining a special charm that touches all who visit.  Learn more about Des Moines at the following websites:


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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 15.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/21/2016 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
05/22/2016 - 4:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Academic Center 2nd Floor
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 15.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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