Our most popular course TMJ, C-Spine & Intro to Cranial Techniques is coming up in March. This is an excellent course for Physios not only wanting to learn how to treat the TMJ but also if you are wanting to expand your referral base.
Dentists and prosthodontists are our most regular refers to myself and our clinic. I tend to find that a team approach to managing upper cervical and TMJ problems works the best. Intriguingly most of the TMJ problems I see, postural correction, local techniques both internally and externally will often resolve the pain in a few sessions.
If it is a more challenging internal joint problem, it is invaluable to have the input of state of the art technology like cine-C.T scans and video MRI. Knowing how to differentiate between a local joint problem and secondary contributing postural problems will allow you to provide the best evidence based practice to your clients in this area. Also knowing the technology available for assessing the disc and how to access it will help you provide more accurate and specific advice.
Clients often present to me very confused as to whom to see about their jaw problem. It is not uncommon for them to be sent from the dentist to the doctor to a specialist and then back to the dentist again, with no clear pathway and no real understanding about the problem. It is potentially confusing for clients to know which practitioner to see. Physiotherapists, with their excellent patient education and differential diagnosis skills are an obvious choice for the client to gain accurate information. I find, as a health professional, this is a rewarding area to work in, as minimal Physio intervention and sharing knowledge of why they have their TMJ pain – can have maximum outcome.
In this course you will learn how to treat TMJ, identify various contributing factors that drive TMJ pain and whether to refer back to the dentist, organise a video MRI or refer on for various splinting techniques.