Project Description

Dr. Reynolds is a Physical Therapist who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Bradley University (2001) and then completed a post-professional DPT, orthopaedic manual therapy residency, and fellowship through the Ola Grimsby Institute. She completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physical Therapy (2018) with Nova Southeastern University; her dissertation examined the effect of cervical spine thrust joint manipulation on individuals with temporomandibular disorder. Dr. Reynolds began teaching entry-level DPT education full-time in 2014, primarily teaching in the areas of orthopaedic physical therapy evaluation and treatment. Her current clinical research interests include orthopaedic and manual therapy topics with a special emphasis on the TMD population. Academic research interests include hybrid accelerated models of education for physical therapists. Dr. Reynolds maintains clinical practice with Rock Valley Physical Therapy in Peoria, Illinois, and has worked in an outpatient orthopaedic setting since 2001. Dr. Reynolds is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA); she is a member and fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). She currently serves as Associate Professor and Director of Assessment and Research in the South College DPT program in Knoxville, TN. Contact information: Breynolds@south.edu. Twitter:@BreReynoldsPT

1. Synopsis:
Coexisting cervical spine pain among individuals with TMD is frequently reported. Strong correlations between jaw dysfunction and neck disability are reported in individuals with chronic TMD. Biomechanical and neurophysiological relationships between the cervical spine and temporomandibular joint support the potential benefit of cervical spine treatment in TMD-related pain and dysfunction. This session will discuss these relationships and the evidence to support cervical intervention and multimodal approaches in the management of TMD related pain and dysfunction.
Objectives:
-Review the basic anatomical relationship between the TMJ and the cervical spine
-Explore the biomechanical and neurophysiological relationships between the TMJ and the cervical spine
-Examine scientific evidence surrounding cervical spine treatments for individuals with TMD in various diagnostic categories
-Discuss relevant collaboration among the interdisciplinary team treating individuals with TMD