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TMJ & Temporal Mandibular Dysfunction (TMD)

An estimated 75% of the U.S. population has experienced one or more signs or symptoms of Temporal Mandibular Disorder (TMD) and Craniofacial Pain (CFP). Most TMD symptoms are temporary and fluctuate over time, requiring little or no professional intervention; but, an estimated 5-10% of the U.S. population will require professional treatment. TMD and CFP usually involve more than a single symptom and rarely have a single cause. The pain may arise suddenly or progress over months to years with intermittent frequency and intensity.

Because there is no quick fix or immediate cure for TMD and CFP, the most successful and scientifically supported treatments focus on self management and control of aggressive factors. Most patients suffering from both conditions achieve good long term relief with conservative (reversible) therapy. Scientific research demonstrates that over 50% of TMD patients treated with conservative management have few or no ongoing symptoms of TMD.

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Recent Blog Posts

May 30, 2017 |

Exercise Prescription for Patients With Neck Pain and Headaches

Recently I had the pleasure of Lecturing at the 2017 American Academy of Orofacial Pain 41st scientific meeting in Scottsdale Arizona. My topic was on Therapeutic Exercises for Patients with Headaches and Chronic Cervical Pain. My topic focused on what structural, behavioral or functional deficits exist with regards to the neck flexor and extensor muscles, along with balance issues due to poor neck proprioception or disruption.

February 17, 2017 |

Words from our TMJ Expert: How do we treat Idiopathic Condylar Resorption?

Idiopathic condylar resorption (ICR) is a well-documented but poorly understood progressive disease that affects the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). ICR may result in malocclusion, facial disfigurement, TMJ dysfunction, and pain. The condition most often occurs in teenage girls, but can occur at any age, although rarely over the age of 40 years. These patients have a common facial morphology including: (1) high occlusal and mandibular plane angles, (2) progressively retruding mandible, and (3) Class II occlusion with or without open bite. Imaging usually demonstrates small resorbing condyles and TMJ articular disk dislocations.

December 19, 2016 |

Technical Notes from Mike:  The Detrimental Effects of Forward Head Posture on Neck Pain, Headaches, and Temporomandibular Dysfunction

In addition to helping our patients recover, we should empower them with information so they may best understand their musculoskeletal dysfunctions and contribute to their wellness. The following is a technical explanation regarding why treating forward head posture is essential in helping patients with neck pain, headaches and TMD. I look forward to your responses and collaboration.

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TMJ Treatment Options

Physical therapy is an effective treatment for these disorders. Therapists work with patients to identify and reduce contributing factors to musculoskeletal problems, reduce inflammation, restore function and promote repair and regeneration of injured tissues.

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