About Dr. Dennis P. Steigerwald

Dr. Dennis P. Steigerwald focused his chiropractic practice on temporomandibular disorders (TMD) for over 25 years and has treated over 10,000 TMD cases including the post-op care and/or management of over 1,000 TMJ surgeries. Dr. Steigerwald served on the editorial staff of 'The Journal of Craniomandibular Practice' (CRANIO) from 1995-2001 and in that capacity he was the only chiropractor in a five doctor panel appointed to review scientific study submissions. He has served as an expert witness in TMD cases in both the personal injury and workers compensation arenas on numerous occasions. Dr. Steigerwald has also authored studies, textbooks and training programs for the chiropractic and dental professions both on TMD and whiplash including the educational website www.whiplashandtmj.com.

The New Yorker: The Lyme Wars

The Lyme-disease infection rate is growing. So is the battle over how to treat it. by Michael Specter July 1, 2013  Kaleigh Ahern was twelve years old when a tick bit her. She noticed it “perched” on her shoulder when … Continue reading

TMD Med-Legal

As trauma, especially the trauma of whiplash injury, has been identified as a precipitating factor for temporomandibular disorders, med-legal disputes frequently arise. This is specifically because casualty insurance, personal health insurance and dental insurance carriers do not want to be responsible for diagnostic … Continue reading

TMD, Oral Orthotics and the Dental Role

I have spent well over 25 years helping to orchestrate co-operative and co-ordinated interdisciplinary diagnostic and treatment models for TMD. The examination, diagnosis and treatment guidelines I outline in www.whiplashandtmj.com work and can make a profound impact on this all too prevalent cause … Continue reading

TMD Examination: The Importance of Palpation Findings

The importance of temporomandibular joint, oro-facial and cervical/trapezial palpation findings in the TMD exam (including screening for hypersensitivity, malingering and false complaint). This is very important information for any practitioner who is examining, referring and/or treating patients who present with headache, … Continue reading

Why Chiropractors do not get TMD referrals, and why they should

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) have been treated for over a century while practitioners and researchers still struggle with the questions of TMD symptom profile, causation and pathogenesis (1). In the same vein, practitioners in virtually every health care profession treat TMD … Continue reading