Headache Patients in the Clinic - PT10

Headache Patients in the Clinic

A Physical Therapist's Perspective

by Amy San Filippo, PT, DPT
(4.4 / 589 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
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 11/16/2018 to 6/11/2019.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 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.
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. 16S1694 for 06/05/16 to 06/05/17).
The FL PT Association (approval no.  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 TN PT Association for Class 1 CE Requirement (approval no.  2017-212 for 05/09/2017 to 05/08/2018).
The PA Board of PT (approval no. PTCE010132 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 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 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: 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. 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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Bret V - Schwenksville, PA  ·  Dec 31, 2018
this is good information because headaches affect many of our clients
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LARRY Y - Havertown, PA  ·  Dec 21, 2018
valuable information for a topic I knew very little about
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Lindsay C - Batavia, IL  ·  Dec 19, 2018
Helpful for differential diagnosis to determine appropriate treatment
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Ann B - Arlington, TX  ·  Dec 16, 2018
Very helpful summary of different headache presentations, with PT role in tx
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Allison M - Fleetwood, PA  ·  Oct 31, 2018
Very beneficial! Good clarification of information and types of headaches.
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Price: $19.00
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