Full course description
Registration is now closed for the current session (Jan. 18 - Mar. 12)
This course will be offered again in Spring 2021 -- Dates TBD. Please check back!
PREREQUISITE: A license to practice as a physical therapist, dentist, physician, or nurse practitioner.
Target Audience: PT, MD, PA, NP, DDS/DMD
- Identify Axis I diagnosis presentations of patients with temporomandibular disorder.
- Determine best course of treatment for common temporomandibular disorders.
- Differentiate between tension-type headaches and cervicogenic headaches.
- Select effective Axis II evaluations for clinical use.
Management of TMD and Orofacial Pain will assist providers in identifying and treating the majority of orofacial pain that present to clinical settings. Lipton et al. indicated over a 6-month period that 22% of the US population reports at least one type of orofacial pain. These patients are yearning for improved treatment and for their providers to really understand their condition. This course experience is organized into 4 modules over an 8 week period. The course includes describing TMD diagnoses, available treatments for TMD diagnoses (performed by a variety of providers), cervicogenic and tension-type headaches, and finally what is called Axis II evaluation which is how to specifically evaluate psychosocial components of orofacial pain. This course has very little emphasis on red flag findings, TMJ biomechanics, and epidemiology.
Learning methods involve videos, readings, and discussion. Discussion is a heavy emphasis between instructors and classmates to ensure information is applied to practice.
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is approved by the Utah Physical Therapy Association to award 24 CEU credits for this course, CEUL061368. Participants outside of Utah must verify credits with their own state's association.
Nick Rainey, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, CCTT
Nick Rainey is board certified in orthopaedic physical therapy and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists. He has also earned the credential of Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT) by the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial & Cervical Therapeutics. He is the founder of Rainey Pain & Performance, a private practice in Arizona where he focuses on evaluating and treating orthopaedic and pain conditions.