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Physiotherapy in Dentistry

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:1.00
Study Course Accepted:15.01.2020
Study Course Information
Course Code:REK_188LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:Medicine; Health CareTarget Audience:Dentistry
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Daina Šmite
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Rehabilitation
The Head of Structural Unit:Anita Vētra
Contacts:Rīga, Anniņmuižas bulvāris 26a,,, +371 20271291
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (count)6Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures12
Classes (count)5Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes10
Total Contact Hours22
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Normal anatomy and physiology, pathological physiology, basic of physics or basic principles of biomechanics.
To introduce the field of physiotherapy, its possibilities and effectiveness in dental patients, to promote interdisciplinar collaboration between dentists and physiotherapists, in developing and realisation of complex, effective treatment strategies in dental patients. To develop understanding and the skills to use physiotherapy self-management strategies (methods) to reduce/ to prevent own health risks in context of dentist professional work.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Introduction to physiotherapy – conceptual frameworks, assessment and evaluation, therapeutic approaches. Scope of practice. Current evidence.Lectures1.00auditorium
2Physiotherapy self-management strategies (methods) to reduce/ prevent health risk in the context of professional work of a dentist.Classes2.00auditorium
3Physiotherapy in dentistry – temporomandibular joint and miofascial pain syndromes (head, neck, face and mouth regions).Lectures2.00auditorium
4Physiotherapy in orthodontics. Myofunctional disorders. Breathing patterns and orofacial myofunctional function/ disorders.Lectures2.00auditorium
5Physiotherapy in dentistry – specific conditions, methods and effectiveness of combined treatment approaches.Lectures1.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
Reading the latest scientific publications, making a summary and reflection in context of clinical practice. Analysis of clinical case studies by integration of evidence based practice.
Assessment Criteria:
Active participation in practical classes – developing of the skills. Clinical case studies – questions, discussions.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Test
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:Introduction to physiotherapy basic concepts, assessment, evaluation and management strategies, physiotherapy application possibilities – treatment and rehabilitation, prevention and health promotion. Students describe function and dysfunction of TMJ, clinical manifestation of TMD, physiotherapy and evidence of its effectiveness. Basic understanding of myofascial pain syndrome and its clinical manifestation in head, neck, face and mouth regions. Describe myofunctional disorders in orthodontic patients, current management strategies. Describe topicalities in physiotherapy self-management techniques to reduce/ prevent own health risks in the context of a dentist's professional work.
Skills:Assess and evaluate TMJ function and its limitation, type of TMD. Recognize the typical myofascial pain patterns in head, neck, face and mouth regions and palpate the relevant trigger points. Recognize and evaluate the presence or risk of myofunctional disoders. Use myofunctional screening test NOT-S and interpret results. Develop appropriate complex treatment strategy within interdisciplinar cooperation for dental patients. Use physiotherapy self-management techniques to reduce/ prevent own health risks in the context of a dentist's professional work.
Competencies:Evaluate and include in process of clinical reasoning physical functional disorders (head, neck, face and mouth regions) or risk of their development in dental patients, developing interdisciplinar collaboration with a physiotherapist to promote an appropriate and effective treatment strategy. Choose appropriate self-management strategies to reduce/ prevent own health risks in the context of a dentist's professional work.
Required Reading
1E - studiju materiāli
Additional Reading
1Travell G, Simons D.G. Miofascial pain. Vol.I, II 1998.
2Kendall F.P., Kendall E., Creary Mc., Provance P.G. Muscle testing and function. Fifth edition with posture and pain. Williams &Wilkins, 2005.
3Kisner C., Colby L.A. Therapeutic exercise, foundation and technics. F.A.Davis Company, 2002.
Other Information Sources
1RSU elektroniskās datu bāzes