Upper Body Evaluations, Examinations and Injury Management (Cervical)

Estimated time to complete session: 75 min.

Recent data indicates family physicians can benefit from more thorough training related to musculoskeletal exams. Areas for enhanced learning include proper examination skills, determining diagnostic imaging tests to order and when to order them, coordinating referrals, being aware of new, more effective tests, and symptom and disease management.

This session will better prepare you to perform a neck and cervical spine examination, compare and contrast common cervical spine disorders, recommend diagnostic criteria and referral, and develop evidence-based management plans for patients with cervical spine conditions and acute injuries.

This session is standalone that can also be taken as part of the Musculoskeletal and Sports Care self-study package.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

1. Perform a neck and cervical spine examination.
2. Compare and contrast common cervical spine disorders and the recommendations for diagnostic criteria and referral.  
3. Develop evidence-based management plans for patients with cervical spine conditions and acute injuries that can be treated in the ambulatory setting.

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 AAFP prescribed
Course opens: 
06/20/2018
Course expires: 
06/30/2020

Michael J Petrizzi, MD, FAAFP, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University Sports Medicine Center, Virginia Commonwealth University Athletics Primary Care Physician; Private Practice, Hanover Family Physicians, Richmond, Virginia

This Enduring Material activity, Upper Body Evaluations, Examinations and Injury Management (Cervical), has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.25 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Term of approval begins 06/21/2018. Term of approval is for 2 years from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Family Physicians designates this Enduring Material activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.25 AAFP prescribed

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
06/20/2018
Course expires: 
06/30/2020
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