CMD1: Evaluation and Treatment for Craniomandibular Disorders


This course will primarily be focused on displacement of the intra-articular disc of the TMJ, but will also cover the role of the subcranial spine in the causation of craniofacial pain and the association between detrimental oral habits (parafunctions) and craniofacial pain. Medial and lateral disc subluxations will be carefully examined, as will disc-condyle and disc-eminence subluxations. The progression of disc subluxation and other intra-articular pathology will be demonstrated by the use of clinical examples and all disorders will be illustrated by imaging. The imaging methods used in the diagnosis and management of the TMJ will be explained; this includes transcranial radiographs and tomography, as well as MRI, used for diagnosis and clinical management of intra-articular disc displacements. The lab sessions will focus on assessment of intra-articular pathology, as well as preparations of the TMJ and subcranial spine for reduction of the intra-articular disc. Finally, participants will have the chance to practice disc reduction and subsequent stabilization of the disc in the reduced position.

  • This course is designed as an A-Z introduction to all aspects of care for patients with Temporomandibular Disorders with an emphasis to provide immediately usable treatment techniques and case planning
  • A review of functional anatomy, biomechanical relationships and considerations of cervical spine contributions
  • Connecting history, evaluation, TMJ pathomechanics, differentiation of internal derangement vs. muscular conditions and creating algorithms for treatment
  • Understanding Dental Terminologies and cultivating referral relationships with Dental Professionals
  • Discussion of relevant radiologic and imaging studies and their incorporation in the plan of care
  • Understanding all current surgical procedures
  • Understanding interocclusal appliances and their use for patients with Temporomandibular Disorders
  • Understanding the role of sleep disorders and parafunction in the development of TMD
  • Competency with manual therapy interventions for the TMJ and upper cervical spine

Day One

  • 8:00 – 8:30 registration and welcome
  • 8:30 – 9:00 Introduction and overview
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Anatomy and Biomechanics
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 – 12:00 History and Evaluation
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:30 Assessment of Dysfunction, Derangement and Pain
  • 2:30 – 2:45 Break
  • 2:45 – 5:30 Lab Techniques for the TMJ and Upper Cervical Spine

Day Two

  • 8:00 – 9:30 Cervical Spine considerations for the Craniomandibular Patient
  • 9:30 – 10:00 Review of Dental Terminology and the Dental Professional
  • 10:00 – 10:15 Break
  • 10:15 – 10:45 Cultivating referral relationships
  • 10:45 – 11:30 Review of Surgical Repair of the TMJ
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Radiography and Imaging
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 – 2:00 Role of parafunction and Sleep Disorders
  • 2:00 – 5:00 Lab Techniques for the TMJ and Upper Cervical Spine

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Evaluation and Treatment for Craniomandibular Disorders (Sunset Valley, TX)

Jun. 11, 2022 -Jun. 12, 2022
Sunset Valley, TX

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