How I Diagnose and Treat Cervical Radiculopathy [CASE STUDY Physical Therapy] – FPF Show E:119

By dpope2020

January 26, 2024

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How I Diagnose and Treat Cervical Radiculopathy [CASE STUDY Physical Therapy] - FPF Show E:119

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In today's video we go over How I Diagnose and Treat Cervical Radiculopathy [CASE STUDY Physical Therapy] - FPF Show E:119

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 0:07 Subjective examination, history taking
  • 1:33 Patient demographics
  • 2:33 Aggravating movements
  • 4:54 Training background, patient goals, prior healthcare experiences
  • 6:29 Objective examination: strength testing
  • 7:49 Range of motion testing for the cervical spine
  • 9:27 Movement analysis
  • 12:55 Imaging results (MRO, X-ray)
  • 13:41 Palpation and sensory testing
  • 14:31 Special tests 
  • 15:17 Reflex testing 
  • 15:29 Making an accurate diagnosis
  • 15:49 Clinical decision making, next steps for this patient
  • 18:14 Patient education: diagnosis, prognosis, natural history, expectations
  • 21:04 Interventions to calm the area down and decrease pain (postures, movements, limiting reaching)
  • 23:42 Plan of care: What will treatment look like for the patient?
  • 25:15 Recommended frequency of visits and length of care
  • 26:56 Recommended manual therapy for the patient
  • 29:09 Modifying gym routine to respect the injury (What's OK and NOT OK to do?)
  • 32:05 Day 1 treatment plan (exercises) and home exercise program (HEP)
  • 36:52 Watching for red flags (progressive weakness)
  • 37:44 Advancing the patient's Home Exercise Program (HEP)
  • 39:31 Hand held dynamometer - Object strength measurements
  • 41:26 How we returned back to the gym after cervical radiculopathy
  • 43:12 What did a physical therapy treatment session look like for a patient with cervical radiculopathy?
  • 47:01 Overall plan of care and discharge planning - expectations vs. reality
  • 48:19 1 year re-evaluation - What is still limited?
  • 49:37 Discharge home exercise program (template)

Neck pain really is radiculous...


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