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APTEI: Whiplash & Neck Pain - Assumptions vs The Evidence for Effective Management

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APTEI: Whiplash & Neck Pain - Assumptions vs The Evidence for Effective Management

APTEI: Whiplash & Neck Pain - Assumptions vs The Evidence for Effective Management

This course includes
1:54:33 of Course Material (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in January 2023


Patients diagnosed with Whiplash Associated Disorders (WADs) are frequently seen by healthcare providers who all claim to offer "THE BEST" management to help in their recovery. Sadly as of 2023, despite hundreds of RCTs, there is no known "BEST" single strategy.

However, we do know that certain interventions that promote passive coping skills, potentially increase the risk of developing chronic disability associated with their WAD. We also know that promoting active coping skills and assurance of recovery are potentially beneficial and reduce the risk of developing long-term disability.

Regrettably too often both clinicians and patients are adamant about the "find it & fix it" model of treating WADs which seems to be quite ineffective and arguably harmful for some.

This systematic review summarizes it really well by stating, β€œAn individual's experience with neck pain is a multidimensional phenomenon in which physical, psychological, and social dimensions influence each other.” – Miatrello et al 2022 Systematic Review

This course aims to discuss how healthcare providers such as physiotherapists can best incorporate this multi-dimensional approach to care.

Learning Objectives

In this online course, you will learn:

  • The risk factors for delayed recovery for individuals with acute WAD
  • To incorporate ideal functional outcome measures for evaluating progress in WADs without completing any questionnaires
  • Simple clinical skills for reliably identifying patients at risk of developing central sensitization
  • Specific neuromuscular training exercises for optimizing recovery
  • To clinically apply valid cervical joint position sense (JPS) evaluation and prescribe specific JPS retraining exercises
  • How to best offer pain education & reassurance to minimize fear and catastrophization, therefore optimizing return to function


This course is for all healthcare providers such as PTs, PTAs, RMTs, MDs, Chiropractors, and osteopaths who wish to know the latest evidence (as of 2022) for preventing potential chronicity and providing optimal management for those dealing with WADs.

The instructors
Bahram Jam (he/him)

Bahram is a physiotherapist and founder of the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute (APTEI). He's taught 1000+ continuing education courses to healthcare professionals across Canada & internationally.

He has instructed over one thousand post-graduate orthopaedic and pain science courses and has been a guest presenter at several physiotherapy and medical conferences across Canada and internationally.

His primary clinical approach is to identify relevant functional impairments and determine the best self-management strategy to maximize patient independence.


The primary objective of Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute (APTEI) is to provide evidence-based post-graduate clinical orthopaedic education for Physical Therapist / Physiotherapists.
Course Material included in this course
  • You may download or print the FULL e-workbook OR print each handout one lesson at a time
  • FACTS on WADs
  • Lesson 1: Background information on Neck Pain
  • L1: Handout
  • Lesson 2: NPRS & PLGs
  • L2: Handout
  • Lesson 3: Pain Location & Diagnosis
  • L3: Handout
  • Lesson 4: The Quebec Task Force (QTF)
  • L4: Handout
  • Lesson 5: The Value of Spinal Imaging for WADII
  • L5: Handout
  • Feedback
  • Lesson 6: Predicting Chronicity in WADs
  • L6: Handout
  • Lesson 7: Identifying Potential central sensitization
  • L7: Handout
  • Feedback
  • Lesson 8: Neck Specific Exercises
  • L8: Handout
  • Lesson 9: Cervical Joint Position Sense (JPS)
  • L9: Handout
  • Lesson 10: What is best for neck pain?
  • L10: Handout
  • Lesson 11: Pain Education for WADs
  • L11: Handout
  • Feedback
  • Lesson 12: Optimal Management of WADs
  • L12: Handout
  • References

Regrettably no, as the focus of this course is on self-empowering specific exercise prescription. Specific manual therapy techniques are only covered and demonstrated during in-person courses. However, several studies evaluating the benefits and comparison of cervical manipulations versus mobilizations will be reviewed in this online course.

100% yes! You will be confident that you are offering your patients treatments that are based on the best available evidence, which is the best any one of us can offer.

No. In fact, the argument will be that dependence on passive interventions, even if they do offer some temporary relief, may increase the risk of chronicity.

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