Lesson Overview

Access: 30 days 

Cost: $60.00 NZD 

Includes CPD Certificate

Upper limb pain can have many causes, and thorough examination of the cervical spine and associated neurology is critical in differentiating cervical spine referred pain and guiding management.

In this lesson, we cover:

  • Somatic vs referred pain.
  • Cervical radiculopathy.
  • Cervical spine examination.
  • Neurological examination.
  • Criteria for imaging and referral.

Learning Activities:
  • Pre-reading articles (5)
  • Video presentation (34 mins)
  • Quiz

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this lesson you will be able to:

  • Describe and understand the difference between somatic referred and radicular symptoms.
  • Accurately perform a screening examination of the cervical spine for upper limb referred pain of cervical origin.
  • Understand how to test the sensory and motor innervations of C1-T4 nerve roots & the major peripheral nerves of the upper limb (axillary, radial, ulnar, median, musculocutaneous nerves).
  • Understand and list the criteria for imaging & medical referral for cervical spine conditions.


Study Time:
Approx. 3 hours


Lesson curriculum

  1. 1
    • Welcome

    • How to use this course

    • Copyright Warning Notice

  2. 2
    • Manual

    • Pre-Reading

    • Video Presentation

  3. 3
    • Quiz

  4. 4
    • Before you go...