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#58 - Cervical Spine Rehabilitation

We’re wrapping up the three areas of concussion treatment physical therapists cover by talking about cervical spine rehab.

Physical therapists are integral to identifying and rehabilitating cervical spine deficits after a concussion. Patients who report neck pain, headaches, dizziness, oculomotor issues, and postural dysfunctions may need cervical spine rehabilitation. By determining one of the three components of treatment—cervical mobility dysfunctions, neuromuscular control, or strengthening—physical therapists can tailor their approach to care and use some of these techniques:

  1. Upper quarter screen
  2. Postural assessment
  3. Neurological testing
  4. Ligamentous instability testing
  5. AROM
  6. Vertebrobasilar insufficiency testing
  7. Joint mobility assessment

Tune in next week to learn the process physical therapists follow when returning patients to work, school, or sports.

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