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The Temporomandibular Joint: a Physiotherapist's Perspective

This evidence based course aims to enhance the clinical skills of physiotherapists in the management of TMD. It presents current concepts of the syndrome including pain mechanisms and resultant pathokinematics and reviews the validated classification system of TMD and its subsets. The theoretical knowledge supports the evidence that underpins the rationale for the clinical tests used in differential diagnosis and facilitates an integrated and critical approach to management of the related structures.   The practical component of the course assists participants to develop analytical skills and to apply appropriate treatment techniques. Emphasis throughout is placed on clinical reasoning to support management decisions of the TMD subsets and on how it directs evidence-based practice.


Presenter: Guy Zito, Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist FACP


Dr Guy Zito is a musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapist and a senior fellow of the University of Melbourne who has worked in both education and clinical practice for over 35 years. He holds a Doctor of Clinical Physiotherapy degree from the University of Melbourne along with other postgraduate research and coursework qualifications.

He is the principal physiotherapist at Carlton Physiotherapy Centre in North Carlton where he treats patients with TMJ dysfunction as well as neck and back conditions.  He has also been involved with mentoring and examining physiotherapists undertaking the specialisation examinations through the College of Physiotherapists in Australia.  In 2015 he received the APA Victorian Achievement award for his contribution to the advancement of our profession.

Guy‘s research interests have yielded a number of publications dealing with cervicogenic headache, temporomandibular joint dysfunction and differential diagnosis of headaches.  He received an award for the article ‘Clinical tests of musculoskeletal dysfunction in the diagnosis of cervicogenic headache’ as it was one of the top 10 cited articles published in Manual Therapy. 

When time has permitted, he has conducted continuing education workshops on a number of musculoskeletal related topics within Australia as well as in Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, the Caribbean and the Middle East.  

During the course, participants will be expected to:

1) Acquire a deeper understanding of the functional anatomy & kinematics of the TMJ  relationship of the cervical spine to the TMJ

2) Become familiar with the validated classifications of TMD

3) Understand the role of physiotherapy in the treatment of TMD and the evidence that supports it

4) Perform a comprehensive and integrated assessment of the TMJ and related structures

5) Acquire evidence based knowledge and expertise in the application of therapeutic skills and exercise prescription in the management of TMD 


Location Address Dates
Queensland Eight Mile Plains Start date: 02 Jun 2018 09:00
End date: 03 Jun 2018 17:00