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Understanding Post-Traumatic Headache

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Understanding Post-Traumatic Headache

Understanding Post-Traumatic Headache

CA$119.99
This course includes
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Patient Education (View)
Course Forum
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion

 

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

The 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. 

This online physiotherapy 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.

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. 

 

What’s included in this course: 

  • A 47-page workbook, which you can download to follow along with the course videos
  • Access to an exclusive private course forum with Meaghan. Ask questions of Meaghan and other course participants, and work through clinical scenarios together. 
  • Lifetime access - you can return to this course at any time, and if the material is added or updated, you will have access to the new content. 
    • Access to this course is through Embodia, and although some of the content, such as the workbook can be downloaded, the majority cannot. This is to protect the instructor’s material and to prevent the content from being shared freely on the Internet.
    • Embodia is mobile-friendly and can be accessed by phone, tablet, and computer.
    • There is no stars date or completion date. You can complete the course at your own pace
  • Certificate of completion. Once you’ve completed the course, you will receive a certificate for your professional portfolio. 
  • A quiz at the end to help you integrate your knowledge. 
  • You will be sent a receipt as soon as you purchase this course. This receipt can be used for education grants (such as The Allied Health Professional Development Fund) and for tax purposes.
  • Bite-sized information: all of the content is broken down into short chunks, so that you can easily watch a video on your break, over lunch, or for a few minutes at night.

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. 

Audience

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 the headache.

**This course is not intended to act as medical advice. Please see guidance and treatment from your health professional for any unmanaged conditions.**

The instructors
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.

Course Material included in this course
  • Introduction & Workbook
  • Course Notes
  • Headache Impact Test-6
  • Headache Diary
  • Feedback
  • Types of Post-Traumatic Headaches
  • Migraine
  • Tension-Type Headache
  • Medication-Overuse Headache
  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • Occipital Neuralgia
  • Headache due to Whiplash
  • Feedback
  • Clinical Considerations
  • Clinical Considerations
  • Conclusion
  • Feedback
  • Quiz
  • Post-Course Quiz
Patient Education included in this course
  • Headache Diary
  • Headache Impact Test (HIT-6)
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