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APTA MT Webinar Series: Headaches, Cervicalgia, and TMJ Associated Disorders: What is the Connection & How Can PT Help, David Coletta, MPT, CMPT

  • 15-Nov-2023
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Live Stream



1 hour CE, Category A

Course Description:

Patients commonly present to the orthopedic outpatient setting with complaints of headaches, cervicalgia, and pain in the jaw region.  These patients can be challenging to the physical therapist that lacks the knowledge and expertise to evaluate and treat the symptom areas, anatomic culprit, and the contributing factors to this condition.  Hands-on manual assessment, clinical reasoning, and a targeted approach are critical to successful management.  The trigeminocervical nucleus in the lower brain ties the neck, head, and jaw together neurologically and helps us to understand why a dysfunctional neck can lead to jaw pain or headaches.  Improving our understanding of this relationship and how we, as physical therapists, can focus continuing education coursework on neck and jaw will lead to successful management of these patients.  


Course Objectives: 

  • To recognize patients suffering from associated head, neck, and jaw complaints that will benefit from specialized physical therapy. 
  • Gain appreciation and understanding of the neurological interconnectedness in the head, neck, and jaw through the trigeminocervical nucleus.  
  • To understand the path towards learning the minimum skills necessary as a physical therapist to start treating associated head, neck, and jaw disorders successfully.  

About the Speaker: 

David Coletta, MPT, CMPT is the owner and founder (2000) of Excel Physical Therapy in Bozeman, Montana.  Over the past 27 years, David has specialized in the treatment of head, neck, and jaw pain, which has given him a unique perspective in treating this fascinating patient population.  David earned his manual therapy certification with the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) in 2011.  He is currently a Fellow in Training for the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy with NAIOMT. 

How to obtain your CE Certificate:

  • Live Stream - your Certificate of Completion will be provided after attending the course.
  • View Later -  your Certificate of Completion will be provided after attending the course and completing a short quiz.

How to Connect:
Your Zoom connection information will be included in your confirmation email after registration is complete.

About APTA MT Webinar Series:
We are bringing you a one hour CE, to your home, once a quarter. If you are interested in presenting in this webinar series, please submit a proposal with your course description, objectives, and brief bio to jeannekorn60@gmail.com or to this office at MontanaPT@aptamt.com

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