Our last meeting is Thursday, June 17th at 7:00 PM Eastern

Welcome to the Sign Up Page for the Study Club! Join us at any time. 

Our Kick Off meeting was held on July 16th, and our meetings are held the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm Eastern. 

Meetings are via Zoom and are recorded. 

Click here to watch our first meeting.

Study Club membership is $120/month and includes:

  1. Monthly meetings via Zoom that are recorded and interactive
  2. Training on the Assess, Predict and Treat (APT) Framework
  3. Copy of Musculoskeletal Pain-Assessment, Prediction and Treatment, by Walton and Elliott
  4. Comparison of patient-reported results across the Study Club, using the APT framework
  5. Additional expert participation from different disciplines
  6. Ability through our platform for members to communicate with each other 
  7. Free listing of your practice or clinic on FaceMyPain.com
  8. 25 CE credits for dental providers, medical CE TBD


James Elliott, PT, PhD and Julia Worrall RN. Elliott is a neck and whiplash expert recognized internationally, and Julia is known for her interdisciplinary training and work in US and Canadian emergency departments. Guest participants are orofacial pain specialist Brad Eli, DMD, MS and David Walton, PT, PhD. These are unique individuals that seek to collaborate across disciplines.

Our Focus

Dr. Elliott is a global expert in the field of post-traumatic pain and recovery. In this exciting study club, he shares with us the Assess, Predict and Treat (APT) framework - a pragmatic approach to the management of acute and chronic post-traumatic musculoskeletal pain (head, neck and jaw) that includes assessment of a patient's pain and disability experience. 

Learn the APT framework and discuss challenging in screening, diagnosing, developing a prognosis pain patients. We promise to be neutral, collegial, and collaborative. The methodology is cutting edge and may be suitable for you to incorporate in your training programs or expand how you market your practice capabilities. 

Sharing in this multidisciplinary group, we hope to develop a common understanding in looking at:

Mild cases of trauma involving the head and neck, such as whiplash from a motor vehicle collision or sports-related concussions

Blow to the jaw for chin lacerations

Tension headaches from clenching and muscle strain from poor posture and stress

Acute jaw joint and muscle sprain/strain caused by intubation or a long dental procedure, yawning, biting an apple

Flare up of existing jaw or neck pain condition


Participants come from dental, physical therapy and urgent care professions:

Can we build consensus for improving patient recovery?

Can we use APT to better identify at-risk patients?

Does this framework meet a growing demand for telehealth and does this bring new patients to your practice that previously avoided care, or went to the ER?

Can we lessen the traumatic impact of injury of injury during the first 4 weeks of patient recovery by refraining to use chronic-sounding labels such as TMD, whiplash and concussion?

Watch Intro Video
Watch Intro Video

Meet James Elliott, PT, PhD

This Study Club is designed to be a win-win

We will learn from your experiences with patients and your feedback. While hundreds of textbooks and thousands of peer-reviewed papers on the subject of pain have been published, there remains little consensus regarding effective treatments for acute musculoskeletal facial and neck pain and why some patients progress to chronic pain. Research has not been designed to look at acute care, or a standard of care across disciplines.

Managing Outcomes

Why are the physiological factors similar for whiplash, concussion, blow to the jaw, and some JAMSS?

Patients experiencing an acute injury to the jaw/neck/head typically report intense pain and limited range of motion of the neck and jaw. Evidence strongly suggests the majority of those injured should expect full recovery to occur within the first 3 months.  However, for some, pain and disability does not resolve, but persists or even worsens from 3-months onwards. 

These clinical outcome trajectories may be influenced by the fact that mild TBI’s, head, neck and TMD’s are both a tissue-based and stress-based injury where individual resiliencies or vulnerabilities influence the rate of recovery on a patient-by-patient basis.

Together as a group, we will objectively share patient self-reported outcomes and discuss common issues in monitoring and managing patient conditions.  In addition, Dr. Brad Eli will periodically discuss complex musculoskeletal orofacial  pain cases that might have been mitigated by early intervention by way of comparison.


Next Steps

When you sign up, you receive an express login to this website, which will be the repository of our recorded meetings, homework assignments, introduction to the participants, and downloadable documents.   

Designed to be a collegial group that wants to learn from others, regardless of specialty or level of training, please spread the word!

*Please contact us for Group Discount Pricing

For additional information please contact us at ann@orofacialtherapeutics.com or juliaworrallrn@gmail.com