Physical Therapy and Dentistry On the evening of November 9th, 2021, I had the pleasure of presenting on the topic of Physical Therapy and Dentistry, Perfect Combination to Evaluate and Treat Temporomandibular Disorders, Orofacial Pain, and Craniofacial Pain. Dr....
Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day 2021 On October 7th, National Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day brings support and education to the general public about a painful condition. The trigeminal nerve (CNV) is the largest of cranial nerves. Those with trigeminal...
Quote by Joshua Graham, image Michael Fry Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) present a challenge for health professionals, due to the great complexity of the condition. This complexity is evident in various aspects, including accurate diagnostic methods,...
Do you all remember the FORD PINTO from about 1971? Now you might be asking what does the Ford Pinto have to do with Tinnitus, ringing in the ear, aural symptoms, and TMD or TMJ pain?? Well, nothing…. except to discuss a little quick anatomy today of a ligamentous...
Here is a case study along with the ways therapists and dentists can work together to restore pain free function in the TMJ.
Mask wearing can come with some unwanted headache and TMD symptoms. Find out how TMJ provider Mike Karegeannes is approaching wear masks.
The 27th of July each year has been declared by the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncology Societies as World Head and Neck Cancer Day.
Learn more about Menstrual Migraines and the most current information on how patients are educated and treated. Useful for care providers and patients.
Mike shares his experience treating TMD patients with the guidelines set by the American Dental Association.
Mike Karegeannes outlines a brief review of TMD in Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Patients, and how hypermobility is a factor in assessing TMD and other disorders.
Mike Karegeannes explains the importance of screening for TMJ disorders when treating whiplash injuries and sets proper guidelines for car safety.
Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day is on October 7. Find out about new knowledge being discovered about TN and the management of the disease.
Can we or can we not palpate the inferior lateral pterygoid (IFL) muscle as part of our exam for our patients suffering from Orofacial Pain?
Migraines are more common than you think and are treatable by a physical therapist. Don’t suffer when there is treatment available.
Lack of exercise may not be the only factor in the cause of TMD/TMJ but studies show exercise can help reduce pain in TMD patients.
TMJ therapists can use x-rays and palpations as tools to find the cause of neck pain, allowing them to properly treat neck pain and restore function.
Medical marijuana is the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or the chemicals contained within it to alleviate the symptoms of certain conditions or diseases. The plant is comprised of over 100 chemicals or cannabinoids. Each has different effects on the body. The...
Symptoms of TMJ/TMD can be red flags for other medical conditions. Learn more about red flags for other medical disease.
Fothergill’s Disease (FD) also known as Trigeminal Neuralgia is characterized by paroxysmal attacks of severe, sharp, stabbing, electric shock-like pain affecting one side of face mainly second and third divisions of it. It can be triggered by chewing, speaking, and cold winds.
What causes facial swelling? Practitioners who treat TMD/TMJ should be on the lookout for facial swelling and have an idea of what could be the cause. Mike Karegeannes lays out some common causes of facial swelling.
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!
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.
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.
Discover the difference between acute vs chronic pain and find health practitioners who understand the physical and emotional nature of pain. There is HELP, There is HOPE!
Mike Karegeannes shares his thoughts on Acupuncture treatment for TMD. He also weighs in on the importance of health care collaboration and provides tools to help treat TMD.
Struggling with TMJ? Having jaw, head, or neck pain? Here are helpful hints for self-treating symptoms of TMJ from specialist Pete Balik, PT.
Learn the role a physical therapist can play in getting a good nights sleep. Mike Karegeannes gives insight for both patients and practitioners.
Can’t get rid of your headaches? Physical Therapist Todd Pratte shares actions you can take to reduce the prevalence and severity of headaches.
The Headache Impact Test is a tool to measure the impact headaches have on your ability to function on the job, at school, at home, and in social situations. Your score shows the effect that headaches have on daily life and your ability to function.
Headaches are common among the general population and positively associated with several musculoskeletal disorders including temporomandibular disorders (TMD). The objective of this study was to explore the presence of possible confounders of the association between TMD 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.
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.
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.
What is LockJaw? Trismus (or lock jaw) is a condition in which someone has severely restricted mouth opening. It is a problem commonly encountered by dental practitioners, and responds well in the hands of a trained physical therapist. Trismus has a number of...
I’ve received many inquiries about the benefits of dry needling for clients with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). To start with, let’s take a moment to briefly review dry needling. Dry needling is a revolutionary pain relieving procedure performed by our...
Tinnitus is commonly defined in my profession as the perception of a sound in the absence of an external sound source. In essence, it’s hearing something that isn’t actually there, and is often described by patients as ringing in their ears. Because tinnitus may arise...
Four concepts to encourage healing of musculoskeletal pain include: Reduce Strain Relaxation Posture Stretching Apply moist heat or cold, and massage tender muscle and joints Heat or ice applications used up to four times per day while resting may relax muscles...
One of the most common complaints I hear from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) patients is that their jaw will “pop” or “click”. In many cases, the popping or clicking is harmless, painless and does not impair function. Patients ask, if it is more of an annoyance than...
So what exactly is TMJ hypermobility? Well hypermobility is characterized by early and/or excessive forward gliding (translating) of one or both TMJs. This excessive forward gliding results in laxity of the surrounding capsule and ligaments and the temporalis tendon....
Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN), Fothergill’s Disease or “Tic douloureux” is characterized by sudden attacks of severe, sharp, stabbing, electric shock like pain affecting one side of face mainly along the second and third divisions of the Trigeminal Nerve. TN is sometimes...
What is dry needling? Dry needling is an invasive procedure in which a solid filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to...
What is TMD? Temporal Mandibular Disorders are explained.