The inner workings of TMJ dysfunction

FXNL Staff
August 1, 2017
2 min read
temporomandibular joint (TMJ) anatomy

“If you help a patient with back pain, they’re going to be grateful. If you help a patient with TMJ dysfunction, they’re going to leave you in their will”

Physical Therapist, Dr. Erson Religioso III [DPT, MS, MTC, Cert. MDT, CFC, CSCS, FMS, FMT, FAAOMPT], speaks with us about the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, including anatomy, typical clinical presentations, and treatment. Erson also discusses business tips for those specializing in TMJ dysfunction.

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00:29 Would you like to introduce yourself?

01:19 Have you ever had a patient bite your hand?

02:26 What got you interested in TMJ dysfunction?

04:48 When marketing to dentists, did you get any pushback that you were encroaching on their territory?

08:43 Can you briefly describe the anatomy of the TMJ?

11:38 What are some typical patient presentations that you would see?

13:08 Can you explain how that disc works?

15:32 If someone has a click but they don’t have any other symptoms, would you still treat that?

16:30 Are there any common triggers that may lead to TMJ issues?

17:49 Do you see any post surgical cases?

18:40 For clinicians who don’t see a lot of TMJ patients, are there any red flags that they should be aware of?

20:17 How would you approach the assessment of TMJ?

21:58 Can you discuss posture and TMJ issues?

23:46 Do you use any modalities or acupuncture?

25:15 Is a lot of your treatment active?

25:56 When do you find it necessary to refer a patient to a different healthcare professional, such as a dentist?

26:47 Do you find most people respond quickly to treatment?

28:25 Are there certain dentistry procedures that can start or exacerbate TMJ issues?

29:38 What are your thoughts on mouth guards?

30:29 Are there a lot of co-morbidities associated with TMJ dysfunction?

31:36 So how do you deal with the psychosocial aspect?

33:19 Are there any common mistakes that clinicians make when dealing with TMJ issues?

34:44 Do you have an eclectic approach to the TMJ?

35:48 What language would you use to explain a TMJ issue to a patient?

36:30 Where can people find out more about you?

FXNL Staff