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APTEI: Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Management

APTEI: Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Management

APTEI: Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Management

This course includes
The instructors

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most used, yet ignored joints in the body.

The TMJ should be evaluated for all patients who report of:

  • headaches (especially in the temporal region)
  • upper cervical pain and stiffness
  • dizziness
  • local pain and clicking in the TMJ

Clinicians don’t regularly evaluate the TMJ since it is often not a patients primary complaint, when in fact it may be the primary source of the patients symptoms.

Course Objectives

  • This online continuing education course will enable physiotherapists (Physical Therapists) to gain a practical knowledge of the possible anatomical factors leading to TMJ pain & dysfunctions.
  • The course will review the basic physiotherapy approach to the evaluation of the TMJ
  • Bahram Jam will offer highly effective muscular retraining exercises & mobilizations.
  • An important note regarding the TMJ all physiotherapists need to be aware of:
    • Many dentists & physicians are in need of referring their patients with persistent headaches, earaches, and facial pains related to the TMJ to other health care professionals; however they are unaware that some PTs can effectively evaluate and treat the TMJ.
    • There are great opportunities for PTs to assist their local dentists and help many individuals who suffer from persistent and disabling TMJ conditions. Management includes education on condition, highly effective home exercise programs and gentle mobilizations.

Criteria for Eligibility

  • Physiotherapists who are licensed or who are eligible to be licensed to practice
  • There are NO prerequisites for this course

General Course Information

  • Course material is referenced from up to date research articles
  • All instructions are provided in a clear and concise manner in order to ensure an effective and enjoyable learning experience
  • You may also print the course handout available for the complimentary Lesson#1.
  • This course includes full instructional e-manual which may be downloaded and printed.
  • This course also includes patient exercises and education which can be shared with patients electronically through Embodia with a $15/month subscription. This allows your patients to access what you send them on a mobile or web app, track their progress and receive push notifications to remind them to do their exercises
The instructors
Bahram Jam

Bahram is a physiotherapist and founder of the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute (APTEI). He's taught 1000+ continuing education courses to healthcare professionals across Canada & internationally.

He has instructed over one thousand post-graduate orthopaedic and pain science courses and has been a guest presenter at several physiotherapy and medical conferences across Canada and internationally.

His primary clinical approach is to identify relevant functional impairments and determine the best self-management strategy to maximize patient independence.

Course Material included in this course
  • Introduction
  • Welcome to this Course!
  • Basic Anatomy
  • Introductory Quiz
  • Assessment
  • Physical Assessment Range of Motions Patterns of Jaw Opening
  • Physical Assessment Palpation of Condyle Translation and Clicks
  • Physical Assessment TMJ Loading Test
  • Quiz: TMJ Loading Test
  • Assessment Quiz
  • Feedback
  • Diagnosis
  • Diagnosis Hyper-Mobility Syndrome
  • Diagnosis Hypo-Mobility Syndrome and OA
  • Diagnosis Anterior Disc Displacement with Reduction Syndrome
  • Diagnosis Anterior Disc Dislocation without Reduction Syndrome
  • Feedback
  • Treatments
  • Treatment of Hyper-Mobility Syndrome
  • Treatment of Hyper-Mobility Syndrome (Follow Up)
  • Treatment of Hypo-Mobility Syndrome
  • Treatment of Anterior Disc Displacement with Reduction Syndrome
  • Treatment of Anterior Disc Displacement with Reduction Syndrome (Follow Up)
  • Treatment of Anterior Disc Dislocation without Reduction Syndrome
  • Treatment Quiz
  • Feedback
  • Summaries and Case Studies
  • Conclusion
  • Case Study #1: Hypo-Mobility Syndrome
  • Case Study #2: Hyper-Mobility Syndrome
  • Case Study #3: Anterior Disc Displacement with Reduction
  • Feedback
Patient Exercises included in this course
  • TMJ Exercise: Soft Tissue Release
  • TMJ Exercise: Hypomobility 2
  • TMJ Exercise: Hypomobility 1
  • TMJ Exercise: Hypermobility
  • TMJ Exercise: Anterior Disc Displacement with Reduction 3
  • TMJ Exercise: Anterior Disc Displacement with Reduction 2
  • TMJ Exercise: Anterior Disc Displacement with Reduction 1
Patient Education included in this course
  • Articulation temporo-mandibulaire: Conseils aux patients
  • Temporomandibular Joint Home Instruction Sheet