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VOLUME 13 , ISSUE 5 ( September-October, 2012 ) > List of Articles

RESEARCH ARTICLE

The Interrelationship between Dentistry and Physiotherapy in the Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders

Evane Gonçalves de Toledo, Daniel Piccinini Silva, Juliane Alvarez de Toledo, Ivone Oliveira Salgado

Citation Information : de Toledo EG, Silva DP, de Toledo JA, Salgado IO. The Interrelationship between Dentistry and Physiotherapy in the Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders. J Contemp Dent Pract 2012; 13 (5):579-583.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1190

Published Online: 01-10-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2012; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Aim

This study aimed to compare the effectiveness of interdisciplinary work between dentistry and physiotherapy as well as to determine the temporomandibular disorders (TMD) patients’ treatment plan.

Materials and methods

The sample consisted of 300 patient records from the ATM service (Faculty of Dentistry, Federal University of Juiz de Fora) file. Three factors were analyzed: (1) Therapy, which were transcribed physical therapy modalities used; 2) If there were any guidelines or procedures for home exercises without the professionals presence; 3) the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) palpation pain rates, transferred to a pain level measurements table according to visual analog scale (VAS). The Chi-square test was applied for statistical analysis with a significance level p ≤ 0.05.

Results

All physiotherapy modalities used separately or mixed contributed to TMJ pain relief. Guidelines for physical therapy at home proved to be very useful to pain decreasing.

Conclusion

It was concluded that the effectiveness of an interdisciplinary work in dentistry and physiotherapy treatments for TMD has been properly verified. It is essential to have an interdisciplinary treatment plan, where the physical therapy helps the pain relief and dentistry treats the disorders related to the stomatognathic system.

Clinical significance

The interdisciplinary work between dentistry and physiotherapy is more effective in TMD treatment.

How to cite this article

de Toledo EG Jr, Silva DP, de Toledo JA, Salgado IO. The Interrelationship between Dentistry and Physiotherapy in the Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders. J Contemp Dent Pract 2012;13(5):579-583.


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