Differential Diagnosis in Physiotherapy:
Screening for Referral of the Cervical Spine

Many serious pathologies of the spine mimic musculoskeletal disorder as their early manifestation. Therefore, the differential diagnosis of the cervical spine is a real challenge.

Price:550euros LUNEXalumnidiscount:450euros ALKmembersdiscount:450euros Placementpartnersdiscount:450euros LUNEXstudentdiscount:350euros

In Luxembourg, it is the physiotherapist responsibility to refer the patient to a medical doctor or a hospital when the symptoms require medical management. Therefore, it is a mainstay being able to recognize those disorders outside the scope of practice (art. 8; Règlement grand-ducal du 6 novembre 2018 déterminant le statut, les attributions et les règles de l’exercice de la profession de santé de masseur-kinésithérapeute).

During the course, participants will learn to filter out those patients who are outside the physiotherapy scope and may need a referral for further examination or testing to ensure the best prognosis. Particularly, the key elements of the patient history and the physical examination will be explored.

Differential diagnosis: a competence that makes the difference.

Please note: Registrants must be licensed physiotherapists, medical doctors and occupational therapists in their respective state or country. Master students in Physiotherapy are also allowed to participate.

Meet the instructor
Dr. Firas Mourad

Our educational level is in line with the highest international education standards. Dr. Firas Mourad, Assistant Professor at LUNEX, earned a PhD on this topic, and is experienced having taught spinal manipulation around the world.


50, avenue du Parc des Sports / 4671 Differdange / Luxembourg

Good to know

Application for a Bachelor’s programme:
1. Fill out our Online Application Form.
2. Take part in one of our Application Days. We will invite you to attend in person.
3. After successful participation in the Application Day we will email you with your study agreement. Please print it out, sign it and then send it to LUNEX by post or by e-mail, along with the evidence documents specified in the email.

Application for a Master’s programme:
1. Fill out our Online Application Form.
2. If you have met all the prerequisites for the Master’s programme, we will email you with your study agreement. Please read it carefully, print it out and sign it.
3. In order to complete your application, please send the signed study agreement along with all other required evidence documents by post to LUNEX.

As an applicant for one of our Bachelor’s programmes, you will be invited to attend an Application Day online. A selection procedure will take place on this day to check whether you meet the necessary prerequisites for the course.

More about the Application Day

The language of instruction in all courses at LUNEX is English. You should therefore be able to speak and understand English well. You have the opportunity to participate in the Pre-Bachelor Foundation Programme and improve your English if your language skills do not meet the entrance requirements for study at Bachelor level.

We will inform you in the course of the application process which supporting documents have to be provided and when. In principle, we need the following documents for your application:

  • Copy of your personal ID
  • Copy of the highest educational and/or vocational qualification
  • Language certificate (if applicable)

Depending on the degree programme (Bachelor/Master) and your country of origin (EU/non-EU), further documents may be required. More details will be provided to you in good time.

To secure a study place, we recommend that you send us your documents as soon as possible – but at the latest two weeks before the start of your studies. If you are an applicant from outside the EU, you should note that the application process for a visa can take four to 60 days. Please make sure you give yourself plenty of time.