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May - June 2013 - Editorial
The topic of TMJ management is the focus of this edition of the Orthopaedic Division Review (ODR). Treatment of this region has been an interest of mine for quite some time, and I am excited to present some current evidence in this field! Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) can be a difficult condition to manage and research,
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May - June 2013 Volume 26, No. 2

The TMJ eh?...what a challenge in the dental and physical therapy world. I remember, as a new grad, that I wished never to get a “TMJ patient” because I felt so inadequate in my knowledge of the condition. My anatomical knowledge was strong but I felt I lacked in the biomechanics and clinical interpretation of a dysfunctional joint. I must say that my undergraduate training in TMJ dysfunction and pathology was significantly lacking. The TMJ was somewhat “glossed” over. Remember the adage, “knowledge is power”? Well, that is the mantra that is dear to my heart when it comes to the TMJ. I went back to the books, took a few courses from Dr Mariano Rocabado PT, and challenged myself with a few patients that were referred to me via a few dentists.


1. Short-Term Effects of Dry Needling of Active Myofascial Trigger Points in the Masseter Muscle in Patients With Temporomandibular Disorders
Fernández-Carnero J, La Touche R, Ortega-Santiago R, Galan-del-Rio F, Pesquera J, Ge HY, Fernández-de-Las-Peñas C. J
2. Effect of Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) in Patients with Cervicogenic Headache: A Single-Blind, Randomized Controlled Study
Harry von Piekartz, Ph.D., M.Sc., P.T., M.T.; Kerstin Lüdtke, M.Sc., P.T.

3. Global Postural Reeducation and Static Stretching Exercises in the Treatment of Myogenic Temporomandibular Disorders: A Randomized Study
Sâmia A. Maluf, PhD,a Bruno G.D. Moreno, MS,b Osvaldo Crivello, PhD,c Cristina M.N. Cabral, PhD,d Gislaine Bortolotti, PhD,e and Amélia P. Marques, PhDf

Jaw Functional Limitation Scale

Can a high-velocity low-amplitude thrust manipulation of C1-2 affect active depression of the temporomandibular joint in a symptomatic population?

Outcome Measure- Harwood/White

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