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Course Description

This course utilizes content from the textbook “Whiplash: A Patient-Centered Approach to Management” First Edition by Meridel I. Gatterman, MA, DC, MEd © 2012, published by Elsevier.

Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Providing a balanced, evidence-based discussion of whiplash and its associated disorders, this innovative course compiles today’s best information into a single, definitive reference.  Clearly explaining rationales and procedures, helping you to identify whiplash and plan an effective course of treatment.

Throughout the course you can expect numerous photos and illustrations that offer concrete guidelines for a patient-centered approach to care of whiplash and whiplash-related conditions – one that recommends minimally invasive procedures and therapies whenever possible.  Covering every topic from anatomy, to the physical exam through management and complications emphasizing working with patients as partners in a way that promotes self-healing.  Discussions of both typical and less common types of whiplash injuries help you accurately assess varied symptoms and avoid overlooking any related signs and symptoms.  Detail coverage of the relationship between the cervical spine and the cervical distribution of the autonomic nervous system helps you recognize the potential complications of whiplash and how nerve anatomy informs these complications.

To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 195 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 2 modules.  Each module approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).

Each 10 contact hour module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle.  Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional needs.  You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or a hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format. 

Module Description

Included in Module 1:  Functional Anatomy of the Cervical Spine, Patient History and Mechanism of Injury, Physical Examination and Imaging

Chapter 1:  Introduction
Chapter 2:  Functional Anatomy of the Cervical Spine
Chapter 3:  Patient History and Mechanism of Injury
Chapter 4:  Physical Examination
Chapter 5:  Imaging

Module Goals

Whiplash:  A Patient Centered Approach to Management

Module 1: Functional Anatomy of the Cervical Spine, Patient History and Mechanism of Injury, Physical Examination and Imaging
Course Goals and Objectives
Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of the Functional Anatomy of the Cervical Spine, Patient History and Mechanism of Injury, Physical Examination and Imaging of Whiplash-Associated Disorders.
Professional Learning Objectives
1. Define whiplash.
2. Identify the population that has the highest risk of whiplash injury.
3. Discuss the cervical spine as it compares to the lumbar spine.
4. Demonstrate knowledge in the primary function of the components of the lower cervical spinal motion segment.
5. Explain somatogenesis.
6. Identify the predominant functions of the three parts of the lower cervical vertebrae.
7. Define disc turgor.
8. Demonstrate knowledge in the role of the ligamenta flava.
9. Recognize the ligaments most likely to rupture in extreme flexion.
10.Discuss the ligaments of the upper cervical spine.
11.Identify the role of the cruciform ligament.
12.Demonstrate knowledge in the deep spinal muscles.
13.Discuss the transversospinalis muscles.
14.Differentiate between the obliquus capitis superior and the obliquus capitis inferior.
15.Identify disorders of the upper cervical spine that have demonstrated to cause headaches.
16.Recognize the mechanism of injury that is crucial when taking an appropriate history of a patient suffering whiplash trauma.
17.Demonstrate knowledge in disc injury.
18.Discuss common symptoms of whiplash-associated injury.
19.Explain cerebral lesions.
20.Identify mechanisms to determine brainstem dysfunction.
21.Discuss the complications of inflammation, with edema and swelling resulting from whiplash trauma.
22.Differentiate between muscle strain and ligamentous sprain.
23.Explain the role of the Neck Disability Index.
24.List high risk factors that indicate a need for radiography after whiplash trauma.
25.Discuss the role of MRI for patients with whiplash-associated disorders (WAD).