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IFOMPT: Management of Patients with Headache

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Presenter 1: Dr Kiran Satpute

Title: Examination of cervical Impairments in headache

Physiotherapists are often involved in the management of various forms of headache including cervicogenic headache, migraine and tension type headache. In part this is due to presence of neck pain in these patients. However, the presence of neck pain in headache is not necessarily associated with cervical musculoskeletal dysfunction. A lack of musculoskeletal dysfunction suggests treatment to the cervical spine is unlikely to be helpful.

Thus, the role of the physiotherapist is to accurately identify the presence of neck musculoskeletal dysfunction, relate this information to headache symptoms and use the assessment findings to build a rationale for physiotherapy management. This presentation presented the clinical reasoning process used in the assessment of musculoskeletal dysfunction in patients with headache.


Presenter 2: Dr Kerstin Luedtke

Title: Physiotherapy management of patients with different types of headache

The presentation focused on the pathophysiology  and the management of primary headache, and specifically migraine and cervicogenic headache and tension-type headache. It gave an insight into the management and diagnostic procedures for patients with migraine and headache including discussing effective interventions.

Kerstin Luedtke

Kerstin Luedtke is a physiotherapist and a Professor for Physiotherapy at the University of L├╝beck in Germany.

Kiran Satpute

Dr Kiran Satpute is an under- and post-graduate lecturer at the Physiotherapy College affiliated to Maharashtra Medical University of Health Sciences in India and a Mulligan Concept Instructor.

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