Restricted mouth opening is frequently associated with acute arthritis of the TMJ because of the painful synovitis and intra-articular effusion. Traumatic arthritis and other inflammatory joint diseases result in restricted mandibular (jaw) movements.
Physical exercises are beneficial to prevent formation of into-articular (joint capsule) adhesions and to increase the blood flow and strength of the jaw muscles. Physical therapy is therefore a valuable adjunct to other treatments for TMJ arthritis’s aimed at normalizing the functional capability the temporomandibular system.
This self-administered physical training program is a modification of exercise that have evolved through use in many clinics throughout the world. Each exercise should be performed about 10 times, and the whole training program should be performed twice a day. Movements that cause pain should be avoided. Local application of heat over the TMJs and cheeks often make the exercise easier and more comfortable to perform because heat increases elasticity to the tissues and local blood circulation. The prognosis is quite good for patients with TMJ.
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Dr. Lindner graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1986 and Fairleigh Dickinson College of Dental Medicine in 1990. He completed a 1-year fellowship in TMJ-Facial pain diagnosis, treatment, and management at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Professional memberships include: American Dental Association, South Carolina Dental Association, Piedmont Dental Society, American Academy Cosmetic Dentistry and DOCS Education. American Taekwondo Association (ATA) Additionally, Dr.Lindner is affiliated with the Periodontics-Implant Study Club of Greenville. Dr. Lindner is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), the only non-profit professional association dedicated exclusively to the practice of dental sleep medicine. Dr. Lindner helps treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. Learn More About Dr. Lindner Here: