If you treat the cervical spine, when will motor control retraining help you achieve better results with neck pain? How can you decide if motor control exercises should be incorporated in your treatment? If motor control retraining is indicated, how can you assess which exercises or cervical cues will specifically help your patient to recover from their for neck pain or referred upper limb pain?
In this video, Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist Caitlin Farmer will take you through assessment of cervical spine motor control, choosing exercises, and progressing your patient's control during functional tasks.
Assessment of cervical spine motor control
When and how to retrain cervical spine motor control
Motor control in a functional task
Objective tests you can use in combination with cervical cues
Positions to start retraining deep neck flexors
Cueing for cervical multifidus
Deciding whether deep neck flexors or cervical multifidus should be trained
Retraining deep neck flexors
Choosing your assessment task
The order of treatment
Surface anatomy and palpation of cervical multifidus
Supine arm lift
Retraining motor patterns
Identifying when you need to treat other areas
Examples of motor control cues for multifidus, deep neck flexors
Identifying the best motor control cue for your patient
Motor control in specific functional tasks e.g. arm lift
Motor control in specific functional tasks
Other factors in motor control
Caitlin Farmer Melbourne VIC, Australia
Caitlin graduated from Latrobe University in 2000 and completed her post-graduate Masters degree in Musculoskeletal physiotherapy in 2011. She has worked as a physiotherapist in Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada in a variety of settings including outpatients and the emergency department. She currently teaches other physiotherapists and medical professionals in a number of areas. Caitlin is currently the lead tutor on ‘The ConnectTherapy™ Series' with Dr LJ Lee in Australia which uses the Integrated Systems model (ISM) developed by Dr Linda-Joy Lee and Diane Lee.
Caitlin has had many years experience in treating sports injuries and has been a physiotherapist for football, netball and elite wheelchair and juniors tennis. She has a particular interest in chronic and complex pain, movement dysfunction and muscle imbalance and takes an evidence-based, holistic and functional approach to her patients.
More information on Caitlin Farmer can be found at http://www.cliftonhillphysiotherapy.com.au/