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An authoritative and comprehensive account of the assessment and conservative management of temporomandibular disorders. Recent emphasis has been on ‘evidence-based practice’ at the expense of the clinical reality which should also take account of clinician expertise and patient preference. A sound research base is not always available. This text addresses the clinical reality of having to make decisions using other sources of knowledge in the absence of a comprehensive scientific rationale. It advocates clinical and evidence-informed practice – an approach which acknowledges the value of clinician experience and expertise as well as research findings.

  • Compiled and edited by two highly regarded and experienced practitioners, researchers and authors who have already published many books and journal articles in the field.
  • With contributions from a mix of 28 internationally-based clinicians and clinician-researchers allowing the text to highlight both current best evidence and clinicians’ expertise and experience. Contributors include talented young clinicians as well as established experts in orthopaedic physiotherapy and world-level expert researchers.

Additional information

Format Paperback, eBook
ISBN 978-1-909141-80-3
Edition No 1
Pages 350
Illustrations 185 drawings and photographs
Dimensions 246 X 189 mm
Status Published
Publication Date 19 February 2018

Author biography

César Fernández-de-las-Peñas PT PhD, Dr­MedSci, is full professor at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC), Madrid, Spain, where he is also leader of the Clinical Pain Research Group on Manual Therapy and Exercise. He combines his research activity with clinical practice as Head, Division of Physical Therapy Department, at the University Physical Therapy Clinic. He re­ceived a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from URJC, a first PhD from Aalborg Uni­versity in Denmark on the subject of headaches (2007) and a second PhD in Spain (2008). He obtained his Doctoral Degree in Master Sciences in Aalborg in 2012 on the topic of central sensitization in chronic pain syndromes. He has received several awards for his research and clinical practice. César has published around 550 peer-reviewed publications and is the first-named author of approximately 250. His research activi­ties are concentrated on the neuroscience of pain. He has more than 200 peer-reviewed papers on upper quadrant pain syndromes, including shoulder pain conditions. His personal interest is the integration of manual therapy, dry needling and exercise interventions for the management of chronic pain conditions of the upper extremity. In his clinical practice César treats patients with chronic pain disorders, particularly neck and shoulder pain. His clients include professional sport players whose activities involve the upper extremity, such as climbers, boxers, and basketball players. His premise is: “integrating clinical practice with research is the key for our patients” César is often invited to present keynote lectures at international conferences, and he has taught workshops in over 20 countries. He is the main editor of 10 textbooks on manual therapy for chronic musculoskeletal pain including Temporomandibular Disorders, also published by Handspring Publishing. He is one of the Editors of the third edition of Travell, Simons & Simons’ Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: the Trigger Point Manual and is the co-editor of Trigger Point Dry Needling: an evidence and clinical-based approach.

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