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Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction: An Osteopractic Physical Therapy Perspective

August 1, 2016

Ten years ago, therapeutic ultrasound and massage were found to be ineffective for chronic low back pain, a conclusion that was again confirmed this year. Notably, the most recent clinical practice guidelines don’t even mention ultrasound or massage for consideration in the treatment of LBP. Unfortunately, many of the treatment options taught to physical therapists 20 years ago for low back pain and many other areas still persist today. Although physical therapists have treated temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) for decades, most patients that suffer from the condition do not pursue treatment from a physical therapist. This may be due to limited referral source knowledge of conservative treatment options for TMD, a general public misperception of the “physical therapy brand”, and the apparent lack of high-quality outcome studies demonstrating effectiveness of physical therapy for TMD.

 

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