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Assessment and management of neck and upper back pain


  • to outline an efficient and careful approach to the assessment and management of patients with low back pain seen in a General Practice, Pain Medicine
  • or Rehabilitation setting
  • to teach the clinical features that offer the best route to a specific diagnosis, highlighting key elements of history taking, examination, investigation and
  • current management options through case based discussions and supervised practice of hands-on skills
  • to teach movement assessment, palpation of key surface anatomy landmarks in the spine and special tests to make an accurate diagnosis
  • to discuss the benefits and limitations of spinal investigations
  • to demonstrate and practice general and condition-specific management strategies for use in general practice
  • to use small group case discussions and personal feedback on the approach to history, examination, investigation and management techniques to enhance learning

Learning Outcomes

  1. Implement a systems based approach to assessment of neck and upper back complaints, minimise misdiagnosis and unnecessary investigations and
  2. improve management
  3. Apply evidence-informed history taking methods for patients with neck and upper back complaints
  4. Apply reliable and valid physical examination tests in patients with neck and upper back complaints
  5. Defend the choice of investigations for neck and upper back pain and interpret the results in light of existing evidence about them.
  6. Explain clinical reasoning skills utilised in the diagnosis of neck and upper back complaints
  7. Implement effective and appropriate management strategies in patients with neck and upper back complaints, including the provision of evidence based advice

8:30am - 5:00pm,
Saturday 20th February 2021

View Hotel, Kingsford Smith Drive & Hunt St, Hamilton, Brisbane

Australian Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine

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