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April 26-29, 2018 - AAOP 42nd Scientific Meeting:

PTBCCT Pre-Conference/ Lunch and Learn Session/ Plenary Session Speaker


“Evidence Based Treatment for Orofacial Pain: Consensus or Controversy”

April 26-29, 2018

Hilton Palmer House Hotel, Chicago

Thursday, April 26, 2018


9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Cesar Fernandez de las Penas, PT, DO, Ph.D.

Title: “Clinical Reasoning for Manual Therapy in Temporomandibular Pain Disorders: An Evidence-Based Approach”

Course Description

This hands-on day (5.5 hr) course will provide participants with an Evidence Based Approach to the evaluation and treatment of the patient, with temporomandibular pain (TMD). It will include a comprehensive presentation on the most updated findings related to sensory and motor impairments in TMD. Evidence has shown the role of muscle and joints, and impairments in motor control strategy, which has set the stage for a multisystem approach to the evaluation, treatment and management of patients with TMD. New models including neurophysiological changes in the nociceptive system and descending inhibitory systems will be covered. The research and efficacy of manual therapies is phenomenal. Come and find out why “muscle and joint tissues” will work in the long run, integrating their inputs into the brainstem. You may have already heard about muscle pain or the TMJ and perhaps you’ve read about the importance of the cervical and spine in TMD. This course will bring all the elements together in a way that will make anatomical, biomechanical, neurophysiological and, more importantly, clinically applicable sense. Learn how to assess for joint and muscle tissue dysfunction and pain inhibition with repercussion on the “pain neuromatrix” of the brainstem.



PT Social

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Potterʼs Chicago Burger Bar, located at the lobby level of the Hilton Palmer House Hotel.

FRIDAY, April 27, 2018

8:15 am

Introduction of new CCTTs

12:15-1:30 pm

Lunch and Learn 1

Speaker: Michael Racich, DMD

Title: “Occlusion, TMD & Orofacial Pain: Inter & Multidisciplinary Considerations”

Lunch and Learn 2

Speaker: Tim Gibbs, PT, CCTT

Title: “Assessment and Management of the Dizzy Patient in Dental Practice”

3:45-4:40 pm

Plenary Session 1

Speaker: Cesar Fernandez de las Penas, PT, DO, Ph.D

Title: “Myofascial Pain in the Head: To needle or not to needle”

SUNDAY, April 29, 2018

9:00-9:45 pm

Plenary Session 2

Speaker: Mark Bishop, PT, Ph.D

Title: “Upper Cervical Spine and Patient & Provider Expectations on Autonomic Nervous System Function”

Speaker Committee:

Eveline Erni, Pat Rudd, Mike Karegeannes

Examination Committee:
Jeff Mannheimer, Steve Kraus, Meralee Guhl, Corine Visscher, John Dunn,
Mike Karegeannes, Mark Strickland, Michelle Finnegan, Tim Gibbs