The assessment of temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) is recognized as integral to the practice of dentistry and physical therapists who treat these conditions.
The context of joint sounds as a predictor of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain is not highly predictable due to a common variation of normality amongst people.
Therefore, pain associated with activities using the jaw (such as eating, yawning, etc) is much more predictable of actually benefiting from treatments by a physical therapist or dentist.
Diagnosis must be followed by appropriate intervention at the early stage of identification to minimize chronicity. Following a diagnosis, a formal treatment plan addressing your exact impairments can be formulated.
Tuncer et al. found that physiotherapy performed by a therapist in combination with home physical therapy was more effective in terms of TMD pain and pain-free maximal mouth opening than home physical therapy alone.
If you think you have TMJ issues, answer the questions above and then contact us to establish a plan of care, alongside your dentist, to help you!