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Cranio-Mandibular Case Studies

presented by Eric Robertson and Jodi Young

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The upper cervical spine and cranio-mandibular area are home to a variety of structures critical for life. The burden to properly and thoroughly screen patients with complaints in these regions is crucial. This course reviews red flag screening for cns symptoms and intervention options as part of a patient’s case while discussing TMJ kinematics and biomechanics and efficient mechanisms for proper client management.

Meet Your Instructors

Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, is the director of Kaiser Permanente Northern California Graduate Physical Therapy Education, and associate professor of clinical physical therapy at the University of Southern California in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. Previously he served as assistant professor of physical therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and…

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Jodi Young, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Jodi Young, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Dakota. Jodi is a board certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and also a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. She is currently working towards a PhD through the…

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1. Red Flag Screening for CNS Symptoms

The upper cervical spine and craniomandibular area are home to a variety of structures critical for life. As such, the burden to properly and thoroughly screen patients with complaints in this region is crucial. This chapter reviews red flag screening as part of a patient case.

2. TMJ Biomechanics

TMJ kinematics and biomechanics are briefly reviewed in this chapter.

3. Planning for the Physical Exam

Evidence-informed examination is an efficient mechanism to proper client management for patients with upper cervical and TMJ dysfunction. Best evidence is presented to plan the physical exam as part of a patient case.

4. Interventions

Evidence for interventions for upper cervical and TMD are reviewed as part of a patient case.

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