Headache Patients in the Clinic - PT10

Headache Patients in the Clinic

A Physical Therapist's Perspective

by Ann Elsasser-Root, PT, DPT
(4.4 / 653 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Physical therapists often evaluate and treat patients that complain of headaches. These patients can be a challenge; the source of pain may not be obvious during the initial evaluation, taxing the physical therapist with where to begin treatment. This course will help therapy professionals differentiate between the most common causes of headache: migraine, tension-type, and secondary (e.g., cervicogenic) headaches. As part of the multidisciplinary healthcare team, therapist must have an understanding of current medical and therapeutic treatment options for headaches and what their role is in providing care. 


The goal of this continuing education program is to inform physical therapy practitioners of the different types of headaches and describe various treatment options for each.
The content in this course is applicable to physical therapy professionals. After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Identify the four headache classifications.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of three common headache disorders seen in physical therapy clinics.
  • Describe pharmacologic treatments for headache disorder and the importance of adherence to medicinal protocols.
  • Summarize current evidence for physical therapy interventions to reduce headaches.

Approval Information
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 20S0841 for 03/01/2020 to 03/01/2021).
The FL PT Association (approval no.CE19-518181 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply The FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 2/13/2015 to 02/13/2019.
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 1/21/2020
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/21/2020
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/28/2023


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Scott T - Huntington Beach, CA  ·  Apr 09, 2020
interested in subject since I sometimes have tension ha.
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Christopher G - Pierre, SD  ·  Mar 30, 2020
Very helpful with understanding different headache types.
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Danette M - x, AL  ·  Feb 22, 2020
Good review of headache types and treatment options for each.
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KARLY C - Morgantown, PA  ·  Feb 10, 2020
Interesting, research based, but no pictures or videos makes it tedious
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Anthony Z - Farmingville, NY  ·  Feb 09, 2020
a very good overall review / insight into a very common problem affecting many patients!
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Price: $19.00
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