Differential Diagnosis of Cervical Spine Pain – 3 Hours (🎥)



This course is designed as a handy, concise, quick reference guide for Physical and Occupational therapists to perform systemic differential diagnosis on patients suffering from neck and shoulder pain. It will provide the tools to determine the therapy scope or the need to refer the patient to appropriate medical providers, thus saving time and resources by identifying the red flags. This course is informative and to the point, providing resources that can be used in clinical practice the next day. It will enhance the therapist’s evaluation skills and assessment techniques.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Analyze the need for differential diagnosis.
  • Identify the systemic causes of shoulder pain.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving for complex musculoskeletal diagnosis.
  • Utilize the knowledge of systemic differential diagnosis in identifying red flags.
  • Review systemic causes – CVS, CRPS, Renal, GI, Liver, Rheumatic, Infection, Oncologic, and Gynecology.
  • Apply criteria for physician referral.
  • Perform the system assessment and special questions.
  • Perform special tests for shoulder pain.
  • Identify differential diagnosis of shoulder pain.


Contact Hours : 3 Hours – AOTA 0.3 CEUS

Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants, Nursing Professionals

Course Fee: $35 / Participant Author: Dr. Rina Pandya, PT DPT, has an extensive physical therapy career that spans over 20 years through the UK, the USA, and the Middle East. She has worked in NHS (National Health Service) and American health care, providing PT services in acute care, in-patient rehab, skilled nursing facilities, home healthcare, and outpatient clinics. In addition to being a clinician, she has developed specialty programs based on evidence-based practice as a project manager. She has also managed a Physical Therapy department as Department Head in a premier private hospital in Oman. Rina graduated from Manipal University, India, in 2000 and from the University of Michigan in 2018 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy. She has also been an educator and presented live seminars nationally and internationally. Rina is a member of the APTA, HCPC-UK, and OAP-Oman.

Course completion: The CE certificate will be emailed within 24 hours of test completion.

Electronic Reporting: Within 24 hours (if applicable)

Instructional Methods:  Online Independent Self-Study. A minimum passing score of 70% is required for course completion. A Printable (Pdf) Certificate By Email. 

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Biologix Solutions LLC is a provider of professional development approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The course has been assigned an approval ID# 9837 and is offered as a distance learning-independent course. It is classified as Intermediate, Category 1 – OT Service Delivery, and is worth 0.3 CEUs. Please note that the assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

The current term of approval extends from 6/21/2017 through 6/30/2025. Provider ID: 9837.

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