Physical therapy of orofacial pain is an evidence-based physical program used to treat pain in the jaw, head and neck regions. Orofacial physical therapy is a highly specialized part of orthopedic physical therapy.
Orofacial pain includes:
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders
- Masticatory (chewing) musculoskeletal pain
- Cervical (neck) musculoskeletal pain
- Neurovascular pain
- Neuropathic (nerve) pain
- Sleep disorders related to orofacial pain
- Orofacial Dystonias
- lntraoral, intracranial, extracranial, and systemic disorders that cause orofacial pain
In general, physical therapists have little training, knowledge and skill in the physical therapy diagnosis and management of orofacial disorders. Dr. Schulenklopper is one of the only physical therapists in the greater Greensboro area with advanced training in orofacial physical therapy. He has completed advanced coursework with CRAFT A (Craniofacial Therapy Academy) which is one of Europe's leader in this field.
Our orofacial physical therapy approach includes an extensive examination of the jaw, mouth, neck, and rest of the spine. Much attention is paid to posture, hypermobility, movement patterns, and perpetuating factors. Following the initial physical therapy examination, Dr. Schulenklopper will develop a comprehensive treatment plan, which forms the basis of the physical therapy program.
We work closely with referring physicians, dentists, oral surgeons, ear-nose-and-throat specialists, and orthodontists to insure the best outcome.