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About the course
The course will cover the assessment, diagnosis and management of Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) in the primary care setting, exploring the evidence base, current guidelines and challenges in managing this complex and highly litigious condition. We will also explore other common red flags, with a particular focus on spinal fracture, metastatic disease and infection, again covering evidence – based assessment and management of these conditions. We will work through specific case studies and integrate the use of appropriate imaging into these cases and presentations.
- Be able to appropriately identify Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES)
- To understand the differential diagnoses for CES
- To understand the assessment and management of CES
- To understand the differential diagnoses for spinal fractures
- To understand the role of imaging in the management of lumbar spine red flags
- To explore through case studies the management of some red flag conditions
About the course leaders
Chris Mercer and Laura Finucane are both Consultant Physiotherapists working in spinal and MSK services in the NHS. They are clinical leads for their services and leads for Research and Education respectively. Both have an interest in advanced practice roles and competencies, as well as a clinical interest in serious spinal pathology. They have taught and lectured on this topic together and separately, nationally and internationally, and have both published in this field. They are currently working together on an international research project that is developing a clinical reasoning framework for clinicians to help in the early identification of serious spinal pathologies.
Chris and Laura have both been recognised by their own profession, being awarded Fellowships of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.