Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction Rehabilitation

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An estimated 10 million people in the United States are diagnosed with temporal joint dysfunction. This condition affects the TMJ (or temporomandibular joint). This joint connects the jaw with the temporal bones of the skull and allows for proper movement of the jaw when talking and chewing food. Dysfunction of this joint can be caused by trauma, whiplash, grinding/clenching of the teeth due to stress, and arthritis.

Do you notice any of the following symptoms?

  • Jaw pain or fatigue
  • Difficulty opening your mouth to eat or talk, a sense of “jaw locking”
  • Sounds of “popping” in your jaw
  • Ringing or the feeling of fullness in the ears
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Neck Pain

Therapy may help you :

  • Decrease pain
  • Improve jaw movement and range of motion
  • Improve posture

Our therapists will design a therapy program especially for you. Therapy may include:

  • Pain management techniques
  • Manual therapy techniques, including myofascial release therapy
  • Individualized treatment plan including stretching and low-load exercises
  • Postural education and re-training
  • Self-care and self-treatment strategies

Therapy sessions are generally 3-4 times per week for 4-6 weeks' duration. Personalized home exercises and activities are usually given as homework. Obtain a prescription for therapy from your physician and schedule time for an evaluation so your therapist can listen to your concerns and evaluate your performance.

 

References: Diagnostic Criteria for TMD, developed and validated by a consortium of specialists from the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP). 2014
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