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• Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) encompasses varying degrees of pathologies associated with dysfunction, pain, and derangement of the surrounding musculature of the joint and muscles of mastication.
• Major source of chronic orofacial pain that interferes in activities of daily living and can lead to psychological factors such as anxiety, depression, and social factors
• Anatomical positioning of the TMJ with the cervical spine has led researchers towards investigating association between the two regions.
• Associated with headaches, ear-aches, and cervical posture.
• Manipulations to the spine have been widely accepted as a treatment intervention for decreasing pain and improving function/mobility in multiple areas of the body.
• If regional interdependence exists between the two regions, then cervical spine mobilization and exercise may be able to provide symptomatic relief.
Purpose: To investigate the effects on the reduction of pain and MMO using cervical spine mobilization and exercise compared to only using manual therapy for temporomandibular joint pain.
Bagdasarov, Emil; Crecelius, Amanda; Hofer, Joseph; Patel, Ruchita; and Rodic, Borko, "Comparison of cervical spine mobilization with exercises to manual therapy at temporomandibular joint" (2022). Physical Therapy Student Scholarship. 1.