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Case Studies | Physiotherapy | India | Volume 7 Issue 10, October 2018
A Case study on Temporomandibular Dysfunction
Abstract: Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction is characterized by spontaneous pain and jaw function-induced pain in the joint and muscles of mastication of the TMJ because of the interplay between the muscles and joints, a problem with either one can lead to stiffness, headaches, ear pain, malocclusion, clicking sounds, or trismus. It is a common but misunderstood muscular pain disorder involving pain referred from small, tender trigger points within myofascial structures in or distant from the area of pain1. The disorder and the resultant dysfunction can result in significant pain and impairment. Additionally, TM joint dysfunctions are known to be associated with imbalances in the whole body, especially neck and shoulder. Misdiagnosis or inadequate management of this disorder after onset may lead to development of a complex chronic pain syndrome and can be very distressing for the patient. The case study presented below highlights the impact of TM joint dysfunction on neck and shoulder and emphasizes the role of Physiotherapy in the management of TM joint dysfunction.
Keywords: Temporomandibular joint, neck, shoulder
Edition: Volume 7 Issue 10, October 2018,
Pages: 479 - 480
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