How is TMJ assessed by a Physiotherapist?
A physiotherapist will perform a thorough assessment to diagnose and treat your TMD. During the assessment, the physiotherapist will gather information about your medical history, symptoms, and any previous injuries you may have had. They will also ask you about your level of physical activity, including the type of activity, intensity, duration, and frequency, as well as any other relevant factors that may be causing or aggravating your TMD.
The physiotherapist will then perform a physical examination, which will include a number of tests to evaluate the range of motion, strength, and flexibility of your jaw, as well as any other relevant parts of your body. The physiotherapist will also assess the quality of your posture, the movement patterns of the jaw, and the alignment of the teeth, to identify any imbalances or compensations that may be contributing to your TMD.
The physiotherapist may also perform special tests specific for TMD, such as the Joint Mobility Test, the Joint Sounds Test, the Cervical Rotation Test, etc. These tests help the therapist to identify the specific structure that is causing the pain or limitation.
The physiotherapist will then use the information gathered during the assessment to make an accurate diagnosis of your condition and to develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. The treatment plan may include a combination of techniques such as manual therapy, exercise therapy, taping, ultrasound, and electrotherapy.
It’s important to understand that physiotherapy treatment should be specific to the individual patient. Your physiotherapist will adjust the treatment as they see your progress, to ensure that you are receiving the most appropriate care for your TMD.