The physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial & Cervical Therapeutics (PTBCCT) offers an annual certification process for physical therapists who meet the clinical and educational requirements listed on their website: www.ptbcct.org
The Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial and Cervical Therapeutics (PTBCCT) was founded in 1999 by an international group of physical therapists, many of whom are members of AAOP, to provide an ongoing educational venue within the academy and assist the profession in the disbursement of evidenced based practice and research. The ultimate goal is to improve the delivery of patient care in this specialty area. The PTBCCT functions as an independent registered non-profit organization, and will offer annual certification examinations to physical therapists that meet specific eligibility requirements.
The profession of Physical Therapy has matured into specialized fields of practice in a manner similar to that of medicine and dentistry. However, unlike medicine (neurology) and dentistry (orofacial pain & temporomandibular disorders) there is currently a void relative to the area of craniofacial and cervical pain/dysfunction syndromes that is specific to physical therapy. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has previously established and recognized specialty areas of practice and developed associated certification criteria and examinations, none of which encompasses the field of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and orofacial pain (OFP). The number of physical therapists that have obtained specialized training and advanced education in this area represents a very small fraction of the APTA that parallels that of the dental profession and has necessitated the creation of our own organization in a manner similar to that of the American Board of Orofacial Pain (ABOP).
One of our prime goals is to participate in the yearly scientific meeting of AAOP to provide an ongoing forum by which physical therapists can obtain the education needed to develop competency in this specialized field and be exposed to the cutting edge of scientific and clinical advances. Furthermore we hope to present the evaluative and therapeutic areas in which an experienced physical therapist can enhance the dental management of the patients that we treat.