Management of TMD & Orofacial Pain


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Management of TMD and Orofacial Pain will assist providers in identifying and treating the majority of orofacial pain that presents in clinical settings. Lipton et al. indicated over a 6-month period that 22% of the US population reports at least one type of orofacial pain. These patients are yearning for improved treatment and for their providers to really understand their condition. The course includes describing TMD diagnoses, available treatments for TMD diagnoses (performed by a variety of providers), cervicogenic and tension-type headaches, and finally what is called Axis II evaluation which is how to specifically evaluate psychosocial components of orofacial pain. This course has very little emphasis on red flag findings, TMJ biomechanics, and epidemiology.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify Axis I diagnosis presentations of patients with temporomandibular disorder
  2. Determine the best course of treatment for common temporomandibular disorders
  3. Differentiate between tension-type headaches and cervicogenic headaches
  4. Select effective Axis II evaluations for clinical us


A license to practice as a physical therapist, dentist, physician, or nurse practitioner.


This course experience is organized into 4 modules over an 8 week period. Learning methods involve videos, readings, and discussion. All work is asynchronous online; there are no live conference sessions. Assignments are due approx. every two weeks. Discussion is a heavy emphasis between instructors and classmates to ensure information is applied to practice. 


This course qualifies for 24 APTA UT CEUs approved by the APTA UT.

Note: Participants outside of Utah must verify credits with their own state’s association.

Primary Audience




Nick Rainey is board-certified in orthopaedic physical therapy and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists. He has also earned the credential of Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT) by the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial & Cervical Therapeutics. He is the founder of Sierra Vista Headache and TMJ Specialists and Rainey Pain & Performance, private practices in Arizona where he has the opportunity to do a lot of teaching providers and treating orthopedic and pain conditions.