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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 22, 2018 |

Can Migraines cause TMD? Migraine Awareness Month

TMD and TMJ expert Mike Karegeannes discusses research showing adequate treatment of migraines can reduce the occurrence of TMD. Should you make an appointment with a physical therapist to treat your headaches? Find out!

March 29, 2018 |

Headaches, TMJ Pain, Neck Pain, Computers, and Ergonomics

Ergonomics and desk setup are closely tied to postural health. Learn to create an ergonomically correct desk to prevent headaches, neck pain, and TMJ pain.

March 15, 2018 |

A short screening tool for TMD/TMJ

TMD specialist Mike Karegeannes explains how to use this simple screening tool to help care providers distinguish TMD from other conditions of jaw, head, and neck.

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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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