I recently had a lecture on Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) and the huge impact physical therapy can have on these patient's lives. Prior to the lecture, I had never thought about the high prevalence of TMD (painful or not), but it is everywhere! The Temporomandibular Joints are similar to many other joints in the body: once you begin looking for impairments, you will surely find them.
Currently, there are 4 Orthopedic Residents at Harris Health & each one of us had some degree of Temporomandibular Dysfunction. Of the 4 of us, there was 1 C-curve, 1 S-Curve, and 2 capsular mobility with neuromuscular control deficits. Below I will outline the C-curve and S-Curve.
For a more in depth analysis of the TMJ that reviews anatomy & kinesiology, examination, and treatment options for TMD, check out a recent post on the TSPT webiste written by author Chris Fox.
-Jim Heafner PT, DPT