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Evaluation and Management of Temporomandibular Disorders – Anchorage Jun 2021
June 5 - June 6
~15 Contact Hours
Temporomandibular joint(s) (TMJ) and/or masticatory muscles are a common source of jaw, facial pain and headaches which contributes to functional limitations associated with chewing, talking, and yawning. This course will discuss anatomy and joint mechanics of the TMJ and cervical spine. TMJ evaluation and cervical spine screenings will be used to diagnose the common subsets of TMD and will be discussed in the course and practiced in lab. Differential diagnosis and treatment approaches will be covered for TMD to include patient education, modalities, exercises, and manual procedures. Cervical spine influences on the management of TMD and headache will be discussed. The team approach between the physical therapy and alternative disciplines will be addressed as well.
The hands-on experience at the two-day live courses emphasizes teaching and practicing clinical examination, differential diagnosis, management development, and orthopedic manual therapy. This experience focuses on techniques and problem solving, as well as clinical analysis, synthesis and application via case studies.
Objectives and Goals
At the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:
- Identify the temporomandibular joint and surrounding structures
- Give examples of various pathologies relating to temporomandibular disorders
- Describe the components of the Temporomandibular Basic Clinical Exam
- Determine the need for further testing based on the finding from the examination
- Develop a plan consisting of manual therapy, soft tissue mobilization and exercises for the treatment of temporomandibular disorders.
- Prescribe affliction-specific exercises for the temporomandibular joint and cervical spine
- Describe additional treatment for temporomandibular disorders provided by alternative disciplines
This course will consist of live lecture and hands-on lab demonstration modeling techniques over the course of 2 days.
There will be a maximum of 16:1 student to instructor ratio.