Headache Patients in the Clinic - PT10

Headache Patients in the Clinic

A Physical Therapist's Perspective

by Amy San Filippo, PT, DPT
(4.4 / 559 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Headache disorders are becoming more prevalent. Physical therapists are seeing more patients referred to physical therapy with a diagnosis of chronic headache, tension-type headache or cervicogenic headache. These patients can be very difficult to treat when the source of the headache is unknown to the patient and the physical therapist. The source of pain may not be obvious during the initial evaluation, challenging the physical therapist with where to begin treatment. The physical therapist needs to be aware of the various categories of headache as well as the available treatments in order to function as part of the multidisciplinary medical team. More studies need to address these interventions in conjunction with the rest of the healthcare team to produce better outcomes for these patients.


The goal of this headache continuing education program is to inform physical therapy practitioners of the different types of headaches and describe various treatment options for each. After reading this module, you will be able to:
  • Differentiate between migraine and tension-type headache disorder symptoms and their typical presentations
  • Understand medicinal treatments for headache disorder and the importance of adherence to medicinal protocols
  • Understand evidence-based treatments for headache disorders and integration into evaluation and treatment

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by The NY State Education Department of CE for PT and PTA from 10/21/2009 to 10/20/2018. 
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 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.
As of 4/5/10, OnCourse Learning is recognized by The PT Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning was approved as a provider of continuing education by The NC PT Association (provider no. 09-0215-001PR) from 3/8/2009 through 3/8/2010. 
OnCourse Learning is a licensed PT CE sponsor (#216.000275) with The IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/2018. 
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 09S0672 from 5/29/09 to 5/29/10; 10S0858 for 05/30/10 to 05/30/11; 11S0893 from 05/31/11 to 05/31/12; 12S1146 for 06/01/12 to 06/01/13; 13S0969 for 06/02/13 to 06/02/14; 14S1242 for 06/03/14 to 06/03/15; 15S1904 for 06/04/15 to 06/04/16; 16S1694 for 06/05/16 to 06/05/17).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE90013870, exp. date 12/31/09; CE100013876, exp. date 12/31/10; CE110015567 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11; CE120017198 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12; CE130019629 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021449 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150024007 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27104 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-518181 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-518181 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply The FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The TX Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 45510A for 4/27/09 to 4/26/10).
The TN PT Association for Class 1 CE Requirement (approval no. 3771 for 05/09/11 to 05/08/12, 4370 for 05/09/12 to 05/08/13, 4976 for 05/09/13 to 05/08/14; 5702 for 05/09/14 to 05/08/15; 6160 for 05/09/15 to 05/08/16; 2016-163 for 05/09/16 to 05/08/17; 2017-212 for 05/09/2017 to 05/08/2018).
The PA Board of PT (PTCE003843 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007034 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010132 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 696-2009, exp. date 1/31/10; approval no. 448-2010 for 2/1/10 to 1/31/12; 231-2012 for 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 2014-1049 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-358 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18; 2016-358 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 04/28/11 to 04/28/15; 2/13/2015 to 02/13/2019.
The NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of CE for 01/30/12 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17; 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
The IL Chapter CE Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of CE offerings established by The IL PT Association (approval no. 437-2852 for 5/1/09 to 5/1/10; 437.3376 for 5/1/2010 to 5/1/2011; 437-3837 for 05/01/11 to 05/01/12; 437-4208 for 05/01/12 to 05/01/13; 437-4791 for 05/01/13 to 05/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL PT Act (section 1340.61) published by the IL Department of Professional Regulation, a PT or PTA applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required CE hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 7/27/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 7/27/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2018


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

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Jennifer W - Milwaukee, WI  ·  Sep 12, 2018
nice over view on differences between migraine and TTH
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William D - Portsmouth, NH  ·  Aug 02, 2018
Good overview of the topic to provide better understanding of the origin of headaches and evidence based treatment.
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Cortney S - Tampa, FL  ·  Jul 30, 2018
Helpful review of HA's and directly pertinent to me as I work with HA's daily!
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Rebecca R - kempton, PA  ·  Jul 25, 2018
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Scott W - West Columbia, SC  ·  Jul 25, 2018
Good basic course for those unfamiliar with migraines.
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