Occupational Therapy Practitioners are Well Suited to Treat Clients TMD
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) affects over 80 million adults and over 8 million children and adolescents in the United States (The TMJ Association, 2022). We need more practitioners who can treat this often-debilitating condition.
Too many clients have been given no other option besides drugs, night guards or irreversible procedures. The root causes are not addressed.
Clients are being told to stop eating foods they love and stop doing other important daily occupations. They are not given a rehabilitation plan.
Because the pain is in the jaw, clients seek out the dentist first. Dentists are not trained in healing joints and managing occupational dysfunction.
The TMJ Is a Key Joint for Important Occupations
The occupations of eating, talking, laughing, intimacy and more that temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) directly affects are some of our most valued and repetitive activities of daily living. When they are limited from TMD, this can result in a decline in physical and mental health for all ages.
Occupational Therapy Practitioners are Well Trained in Treating the Root Causes of TMD
The cause is often considered multifactorial, including biologic, behavioral, environmental, social, emotional, and cognitive components. Thus making it important for occupational therapy practitioners to become involved in treating those affected by TMD.
Occupational therapy practitioners have been working with children with oral motor dysfunction and individuals with musculoskeletal issues for decades. Working with individuals with TMD marries these important skills and can help a population in dire need!
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