Back in Action offers special physical therapy care for people who are experiencing jaw problems, including pain, difficulty opening and closing, and/or chewing.
What is TMJ and TMD?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge joint that connects your jaw to your skull in front of your ear. The TMJ guides jaw movement and allows you to open and close your mouth. move it from side to side, and talk, yawn, or chew. Issues with this function are called temporomandibular joint disorder/dysfunction, or TMD.
Around 10 million people in the US experience TMD. Women are more commonly affected than men, and most affected are between 20 and 40 years old.
Symptoms of TMD
Symptoms of TMD can include:
Please note that jaw pain can also be a symptom of a heart attack. Seek medical care immediately if jaw pain is accompanied by chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, pain or numbness in the left arm, or nausea. Jaw pain can also be related to sinus infections, ear infections, and tooth decay or abscesses.
What causes TMD?
What can physical therapy do for TMD?
Patients often search for a provider that can care for their neck pain, headaches, facial pain, and other oral symptoms. Physical therapy is often an effective treatment option and generally patients are seen for 4-8 visits. In our clinic, we work to find the cause of the problem to help relieve symptoms and prevent them from recurring. We offer several treatments:
In the event that your treatment is PT-resistant, we can refer you to a provider who also specializes in TMD, likely an ENT or dentist who we have worked with in the past.