Cervicothoracic junction thrust manipulation in the multimodal management of a patient with temporomandibular disorder.
J Man Manip Ther
Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a common condition that can be difficult to manage in physical therapy. A number of interventions, such as manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and patient education have typically been used in some combination. However, the evidence regarding thrust manipulation of not only the local but also adjacent segments is sparse. Specifically, the use of cervicothoracic (CT) junction thrust manipulation has not previously been described in the management of individuals with TMD. In this case report, CT junction thrust manipulation, in addition to locally directed manual therapy, exercise, and postural education, was associated with immediate improvements in neck and jaw symptoms and function in a complex patient with TMD. The patient was seen for seven visits over the course of 2 months and demonstrated clinically significant changes in the neck disability index (NDI), the numeric rating of pain scale (NPRS), and the global rating of change (GROC) scale. The purpose of this report is to describe the successful physical therapy management of a patient with TMD utilizing manual therapy, including CT junction thrust manipulation, education, and exercise.
Jayaseelan, D. J., & Tow, N. (2016). Cervicothoracic junction thrust manipulation in the multimodal management of a patient with temporomandibular disorder.. J Man Manip Ther, 24 (2). http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/2042618614Y.0000000080