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NEXT – A Complete Clinician’s Approach to Musculoskeletal Management of TMD

September 8 - November 27

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Course Schedule

Note: If you cannot attend certain sessions, you can review the session recordings within a few days.

  • 8 September (1-3 pm CST) Pathoanatomy

  • 15 September (1-3 pm CST) Axis I / Exam / Differential Diagnosis

  • 22 September (1-3 pm CST) Management: Soft tissue and joint specific mobilization

  • 29 September (5:30-7:30 pm CST) Management: Exercise

  • 5 October (4-6 pm CST) Dry Needling in TMD

  • 11 October (7:30-9:30 pm CST) Headaches

  • 21 October (5-7 pm CST) Biopsychosocial aspects of patient-clinician’s relationship

  • 28 October (10 am -12 pm CST) Functional Consequences

  • 29 October ( 5 pm CST) Final exam available

Course Description

16 Hours – Online Instructor-led Training

IAOM-US-NEXT combines online courses with Online Instructor-Led Training (OILT). You get a very personalized mentoring experience from the comfort of your favorite learning environment.

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. The IAOM-US NEXT Approach to Complete Clinician in Musculoskeletal Management of Temporomandibular Dysfunctions course will discuss pathoanatomy and joint mechanics of the TMJ and cervical spine, TMJ evaluation and cervical spine screenings to diagnose the common subsets of TMD. Differential diagnosis and treatment approaches will be covered for TMD to include patient education, modalities, exercises, and manual procedures, especial topics on how the cervical spine influences on the management of TMD, and potential associations with headache. The team approach between the physical therapy and alternative disciplines will be addressed as well.

Each week, course participants will log in and receive 2 hours of live skills enhancement around certain patient care considerations – all on a specific case study prepared to develop the knowledge and skills to become a complete clinician. This way participants can see the systematic approach, combining updated evidence and clinical experience/expertise, as it applies to the same case study.

Objectives and Goals

  • Exhibit an exact knowledge of pathoanatomy, physiology, and biomechanics for the TMJ complex conditions and related disorders.
  • Review clinical examination of the TMJ and related disorders.
  • Show an understanding of how to interpret the clinical examination to reach a precise clinical diagnosis of the TMJ joint complex dysfunctions and related disorders.
  • Perform effective treatment for structural and functional-related pathologies through an accurate understanding of surface anatomy and tissue physiology of the TMJ complex and related disorders.
  • Apply a framework for planning the prescription of affliction-specific neuromotor and sensorimotor strategies management for the TMJ complex and related disorders.
  • Integrate evidence and experience shared by the instructors into a complete approach in musculoskeletal management of TMJ complex dysfunctions.
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September 8
November 27
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United States