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An Evidence-Based Approach to Managing Temporomandibular Dysfunctions
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Southeast District Course - Approved for 1 CCU

When: August 15, 2017
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Dr
Houston, Texas  77007
United States
Contact: Christina Gomez

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This course will review the anatomy and biomechanics involved in the temporomandibular joint and analyze the regional interdependence of the joint with the cervical spine. It will discuss interprofessional collaboration with dentists in the examination and treatment of the region, as well as review the most up-to-date evidence to support the assessment and treatment of the temporomandibular joint. Finally, the information learned in the course will be applied to a case study of a patient with temporomandibular dysfunction.


At the conclusion of this program, the learner will be able to:

1.Assess the interprofessional communication and practice between physical therapists and dentists in the treatment of a patient with temporomandibular dysfunction.
2. Identify basic dental terminology used in communication regarding temporomandibular dysfunction.
3. Describe the process of identifying malocclusions and the biomechanical influences of malocclusions.
4. Describe the basic dental treatments utilized to treat malocclusions and the appropriate terminology for interprofessional communication.
5. Explain the pathologies that can affect the TMJ as well as their effects on movement in that region.
6. Identify the role that the muscles, ligaments, capsule, disc, and osseous structures in terms of aiding in mobility or stability of the temporomandibular joint.
7. Describe the osteokinematics and arthrokinematics of the temporomandibular joint with functional mobility of the joint.
8. Describe how posture and positioning of the cervical spine on forces affecting the temporomandibular joint.
9. Identify the effects of pathoanatomy and pathomechanics of the temporomandibular joint and cervical spine on function of the temporomandibular joint.
10. Analyze a case study of a sample patient with temporomandibular joint complaints.
11. Summarize the most recent literature on the evaluation and treatment of the temporomandibular joint.


Speaker Bios

Alison Vargo, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT graduated from Texas Woman’s University in Houston in 2010 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and she completed the Harris Health Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program in 2011. She went on to complete her Fellowship from The Manual Therapy Institute in 2012. She expects to complete her Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University in 2018. Alison is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, and performs her faculty practice with C. Foster + Associates in Houston.

Adam Malek, PT, DPT, CSCS currently works for Houston Methodist Sport and Orthopedics at Willowbrook and a recent graduate from Sport Residency Program with Houston Methodist Sugar Land. He is also currently working on his Certification in Sport and Orthopedic Manual Therapy with the Institute for Athlete Regeneration Sports and Orthopedic Manual Fellowship program.  Adam, is a former high school educator, coach, and firefighter from Houston, Texas and graduated with his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Adam is currently a member of APTA’s Orthopedic and Sport Section as well as a member of the TPTA. Adam works in an outpatient sport and orthopedic clinic as a physical therapist and apart of the sport performance team, where he works with various level of athletes of all ages. In addition, Adam is currently working on research development for publication on injury prevention and RTP protocols for gymnast.  His specialties and interests include performance and injury prevention for the competitive athletes, orthopedic and sports manual therapy, rehabilitation for gymnast, and biomechanics for sport and exercise.

Registration Fees

PT/PTA Member: $0.00 
PT/PTA non-member: $10.00 
PT/PTA Student: $0.00


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