Evaluation and Management of the TMJ Made Easy, with Dr. Jenn

Toronto, March 1, 2020

This full day ( 8 hour) course will be based upon on a focused head and neck examination, with a special overview on the TMJ, and its management procedures. The speaker will take your through the steps in this evidence-based physical examination process, which includes inspection, palpation, and auscultation of head and neck structures. Special exam processes and testing will be shown to diagnosis common TMJ dysfunction such as synovitis, capsulitis, and myofascial pain syndromes. The use of a TMJ range of motion scale, anterior deprogrammers, cotton rolls, “spray and stretch” technique, and tongue depressors will be used to help through this diagnosis.  Demonstration of myofascial release techniques using ones hands and instruments will be shown. A special focus on treating the muscles of mastication, intraoral and extraorally, will be addressed. Attendees will learn how chronic poor posture has been shown to be a perpetrator in TMD, and rehabilitation exercises and techniques will be demonstrated. Postural and gait analysis is the foundation to start to treating this and most other MSK conditions.

Educational Objectives (hour 1)

  1. Discuss the prevalence and etiology of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)
  2. Define the anatomy of the TMJ and surrounding facial structures.
  3. Recognize the three most common causes of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) seen within the chiropractic practice.

Educational Objectives (hour 2)

  1. Outline various types of pain referral sources to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
  2. Explain how ambulation difficulties can potentially create issues throughout the kinetic chain.
  3. Define gait, cadence, stride length, and the research surrounding the use of orthotic devices to aid in patient healing.

Educational Objectives (hour 3)

  1. Compare and contrast TMJ synovitis and capsulitis
  2. Distinguish the difference between anterior disc displacements with and without reduction

Educational Objectives (hour 4)

  1. Describe standard imaging processes ordered for specific TMJ conditions.
  2. Demonstrate and workshop how to take a postural and gait analysis on your patient.

Educational Objectives (hour 5)

  1. Evaluate the TMJ using physical examination procedures such as inspection, AROM, PROM, palpation, etc.
  2. Describe and demonstrate how a postural analysis and gait scan is vital to every condition that is assessed in the office.

Educational Objectives (hour 6)

  1. Outline various conservative management options for temporomandibular disorders.
  2. Review and discuss 3 common pathologies associated with TMD and their common care management strategies.

Educational Objectives (hour 7)

  1. Construct a treatment plan for a typical patient with temporomandibular dysfunction
  2. Apply specific myofascial techniques for the muscles of mastication.
  3. Explain how orthotics can be customized to help from the ground reactive forces upwards.

Educational Objectives (hour 8)

  1. Define the co-management care of a dental professional with patients presenting temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
  2. List and identify conditions that require immediate referral of care services with regards to TMD.