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Manual Therapy of the Mandibular Accessory Ligaments for the Management of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Antonino Marco Cuccia, DDS; Carola Caradonna, DDS; and Domenico Caradonna, MD, DDS
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Received: October 26, 2009

Accepted: September 15, 2010

Published: February 1, 2011

J Osteopath Med; 111(2): 102-112

Temporomandibular joint disorders are characterized by chronic or acute musculoskeletal or myofascial pain with dysfunction of the masticatory system. Treatment modalities include occlusal splints, patient education, activity modification, muscle and joint exercises, myofascial therapy, acupuncture, and manipulative therapy. In the physiology of the temporomandibular joint, accessory ligaments limit the movement of the mandible. A thorough knowledge of the anatomy of accessory ligaments is necessary for good clinical management of temporomandibular joint disorders. Although general principles regarding the anatomy of the ligaments are relatively clear, very little substantiated information on the dimension, orientation, and function of the ligaments has been published, to the authors’ knowledge. The authors review the literature concerning the accessory ligaments of the temporomandibular joint and describe treatment options, including manual techniques for mobilizing the accessory ligaments.

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