Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) - A physiotherapist's perspective
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This introductory course aims to enhance the skills of clinicians in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy in the management of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). It presents current concepts of the syndrome including pain mechanisms and resultant pathokinematics and reviews the validated classification system of TMD and its subsets. The theoretical knowledge supports the evidence that underpins the rationale for the clinical tests used in differential diagnosis and facilitates an integrated and critical approach to management of the related structures. The practical component of the course assists participants to develop analytical skills and to apply appropriate examination and treatment techniques. Throughout the course emphasis is placed on clinical reasoning to support management decisions of the TMD subsets and on how it directs evidence-based practice.
- Acquire a deeper understanding of the functional anatomy and kinematics of the TMJ and its relationship to the cervical spine
- Become familiar with the validated classifications of TMD
- Understand the role of physiotherapy in the treatment of the TMD and the evidence that supports it
- Perform a comprehensive and integrated assessment of the TMJ and related structures
- Acquire evidence based knowledge and expertise in the application of therapeutic skills and exercise prescription in the management of TMD
- Participants should be physiotherapists with at least 1 year post-graduate clinical experience, the majority of it being in the field(s) of musculoskeletal, orthopaedics and/or sports physiotherapy.
- This course is only available to qualified and AHPRA registered physiotherapists.