TMD, WAD, and The Cervical Spine

Published October 6, 2017

Normal jaw function comprises several essential behaviours such as mouth opening, biting, chewing, yawning, speech and emotional expressions.
These sensory-motor tasks involve coordinated movements of both jaw and neck muscles, as well as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the cervical spine joints. ( Make sure you evaluate the mechanics of the spine)

Furthermore, patients with pain in the oro-facial area, that is temporomandibular disorder (TMD) pain, also commonly report pain in the neck region, and vice versa as well as functional limitations during jaw function.

In individuals with WAD, an . . .

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