Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD, sometimes also called TMJ) describes a range of symptoms caused by a disorder of the temporomandibular joints – the joints that connect the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull (temporal bone) – and the connected muscles and bones. Around 8 percent of the German population is affected by this disorder. Symptoms ranging from headaches or pain in the neck, back or knee to grinding of the teeth, dizziness or tinnitus can be traced back to a temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Do you suffer from headaches or pain in your jaw, neck or back? We are available to offer fast and easy help! Give us a call, and we can arrange an appointment at short notice in our physiotherapy practice.
Individual therapy for TMD
The TMD temporomandibular joint treatment varies according to the area of complaints and pain. And since there is no typical leading symptom that affects all patients equally, the treatment in our practice in Berlin Mitte is specifically and specifically tailored to the individual patient. However, this initially requires a clinical functional analysis, in which the chewing and head muscles are examined manually and which also takes into account previous illnesses. By palpation and application of pressure, some muscle areas react with pain, so that hardened muscle areas can be identified. Further examinations, such as the patient’s body or head posture, allow further conclusions to be drawn that may indicate TMD disease. The aim of our practice in Berlin Mitte is to eliminate pain in the long term by means of a targeted TMD treatment of the temporomandibular joint, which can include heat applications, massages or stretching exercises.
If the results of the clinical functional analysis indicate disorders in the masticatory system, an instrumental functional analysis can also be considered. In this way, modern measuring devices can record small displacements or movements of the lower jaw that deviate from the norm. In this way, a malocclusion can also be determined, which can occur when the upper and lower jaws do not fit together properly.
After a detailed examination, TMD can often be treated effectively with simple means such as a bite splint, relaxation exercises or physiotherapy. In our physiotherapy practice, we therefore also work closely with specialized dentists to ensure a quick and long-term success of the therapy.