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New Course Release: Understanding Post-Traumatic Headache

Headache is the most commonly-reported symptom among patients who have had brain injuries - and also the most poorly-understood. 

The term 'post-traumatic headache' just means that the headache started or got worse as a result of a trauma. The term doesn’t actually tell us anything about the characteristics of the headache, and in order to provide treatment, it’s essential to understand the clinical characteristics. Knowing the differences between the different headache types that fall into the category of post-traumatic headache means that you can develop treatment plans to manage these headaches more effectively. 

Watch the video below to learn the Top 10 Facts About Post-Traumatic Headache from Meaghan Adams:

Did you enjoy the video? 

You can learn more with Meaghan Adams in her brand new online course, 'Understanding Post-Traumatic Headaches'.

This course offers an in-depth look at post-traumatic headache. We’ll talk about the connection between headache and trauma, the types of headache that can be caused or exacerbated by traumatic injuries, how to differentiate between headache types, and how to treat patients with the various presentations of post-traumatic headache in your own practice. The concepts covered in this course are intended for immediate use in a clinical setting.

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Post-traumatic headache is a complex condition, affecting all aspects of a treatment plan for a patient who experiences it. This course will allow you to better understand post-traumatic headache and as a result, will transform the way you treat it. 

Course Objectives

  1. Define post-traumatic headache, its classification, and its causes.
  2. Understand why “post-traumatic headache” is a descriptor, not a diagnosis
  3. Learn about to the International Classification of Headache Disorders, 3rd Edition
  4. Discuss six headache types that can be caused or made worse by physical trauma, including their pain characteristics, pathogenesis, and diagnostic criteria.
  5. Understand the current research into these headache types.
  6. Understand scope of practice related to headache treatment by rehabilitation professionals. 
  7. Discuss treatment strategies for managing post-traumatic headache.
  8. Learn to identify the clinical characteristics of post-traumatic headache, and learn to apply the most appropriate treatment strategies for each clinical presentation. 
  9. Build clinical reasoning and decision-making skills related to the management of patients with traumatic brain injuries and headaches. 
  10. Build your clinical treatment skills and improve outcomes for patients with traumatic brain injuries and headaches. 


Rehab professionals: physiotherapists, occupational therapists, athletic therapists, kinesiologists, massage therapists, and chiropractors. 

This course will also benefit movement therapists and teachers, as well as those interested in learning more about headache.

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Meaghan Adams, Physiotherapy Continuing Education Instructor

Meaghan Adams, PT, BSc, MSc(PT), PhD(Neuroscience)

Meaghan earned her physiotherapy degree from Queen’s University, and completed Fowler-Kennedy’s Sport Physiotherapy Fellowship before earning a Certificate in Sport Physiotherapy from Sport Physiotherapy Canada. She also holds a Certificate in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Emory University. Meaghan completed her PhD in neuroscience at the University of Waterloo, studying how concussions affect brain function and sensory integration, and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at York University studying the integration of cognition, motor function, and sensory inputs after concussion, with a special focus on women with persistent symptoms.

Meaghan serves as the vice-chair of the Neurosciences Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at McMaster University’s School of Rehabilitation Science.

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