Jaw Pain (TMJ)
Targeted Treatment for Jaw Dysfunction
What is Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction?
The Temporal Mandibular Joint is a small joint that connects the jaw bone to the skull by the ear. Used for opening and closing of the mouth, chewing, yawning, playing a musical instrument, and talking, this small joint can become inflamed or develop arthritis. Symptoms of TMJ are:
– Limited motion
– Difficulty chewing
– Clicking or popping in the jaw
– Ear pain
– Locking of the jaw
How Can Physical Therapy Help?
Physical Therapy is one of the most common treatments for TMJ. PTs use a variety of techniques such as, dry needling, mobilization, manipulation, posture correction, soft tissue mobilization and jaw mechanic retraining exercises to restore movement and reduce pain.
Many years of playing the clarinet caused me to have TMJ. The pain made it hard for me to play. After a few sessions of PT and dry needling I was back to playing as much as I wanted without pain. – Jordan V.
What Should You Avoid While Being Treated for TMJ?
There are a few things that you should avoid if you have TMJ symptoms or if you are being treated. These things can put extra stress on the joint and further cause inflammation, they include:
– Chewing gum
-Eating hard, chewy, or tough foods
– Leaning with your chin in your hand
– Biting on pens or pencils
Your Choice is Clear
No Referral Needed
Although insurance plans differ, anyone can arrange an evaluation by a physical therapist without a physician's referral or prescription.
You Have Options
Your doctor may recommend a place for you to have physical therapy but you have options and can choose where you would like to go for physical therapy.
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Rest assured that we are here to help you. From your first to your last day, we will do our best to provide you with a superior physical therapy experience and get you back to living life.