Telerehabilitation for TMD

  • End date
    Jun 1, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Minnesota
Updated on 10 July 2022


This study will compare after physical therapy for Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) performed either in-person or virtually using telerehabilitation. Comparing diagnostic reliability and quality-of-life outcomes in each group will determine (based on a 10% margin) whether delivering physical therapy via telerehabilitation is as good as standard in-person care for these individuals. Long term outcomes including patient satisfaction, cost-effectiveness analysis, and functional status will describe the feasibility of telerehabilitation as a management intervention for this population.

Condition Temporomandibular Disorder, TMJ Disc Displacement With Reduction, TMJ Disc Displacement Without Reduction, Masticatory Myofascial Pain, TMJ Arthralgia, TMD Headache
Treatment Telerehabilitation
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05318313
SponsorUniversity of Minnesota
Last Modified on10 July 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

-70 years old
Referred to PT with ≥1 TMD subtype diagnosis
PI has no previous knowledge of the participant's diagnosis
Email access
Possession of any device that can be positioned for hands-free TR visits (TR group only)
Willingness and ability to comply with all study requirements and PT program
Able to provide informed consent

Exclusion Criteria

Non-English speakers
Permanent residence outside of the state of Minnesota (TR group only)
Women in the last trimester of pregnancy
Referred for post-surgical rehabilitation
Severe chronic pain as identified by level 4 classification on the GCPS
Current diagnosis or existence of the following conditions that can limit response to PT and participation in study activities
Neuropathic pain
Fibromyalgia and/or generalized widespread pain on both sides of the body in ≥3 areas above and below the waist
Rheumatoid arthritis or juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Dystonia or other movement disorder
Fractures and/or recent jaw or facial trauma
Current substance abuse
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