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Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

First Advisor

John Medeiros, PhD, PT

Second Advisor

Kelly Reed, PT, COMT


Although much published research exists related to temporomandibular joint dysfunction, a relatively small amount of research focuses on treatment of TM joint dysfunction, especially physical therapy treatment. This study examined the efficacy of one physical therapy clinic's TM joint disorder treatment protocol. Outcome measure data were collected on fifty-three subjects with temporo-mandibular dysfunction, including cervical range of motion (sidebending), mandibular range of motion (protrusion, lateral deviation, and opening), subjective pain rating, disability index, and perceived improvement. Measurements were taken upon initial evaluation and subsequent progress checks. Statistical analysis using a one-factor ANOVA showed that all variables improved significantly over time (p<.05), with the exception of left lateral deviation. The results indicated that the physical therapy treatment program at the participating clinic yielded a positive outcome for patients experiencing TM joint disorders.


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