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TMJ Dysfunction

Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome or Dysfunction (TMJ or TMD)

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint—this joint acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. Every person with a normal jaw has a “TMJ.”  When the jaw is in pain, people refer to the pain as TMJ,  when in fact the person has TMJ Syndrome or Dysfunction (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction). Often it is your dentist who will diagnose you with TMD. Dysfunction can lead to pain and discomfort. Jaw and neck pain, difficulty chewing or opening and closing your mouth, clicking and locking of the jaw joint are some of the symptoms.

 

Who Can Benefit form TMJ Syndrome Treatment?

There are many different dysfunctions that involve the TMJ itself, the surrounding musculature, and the other surrounding joints. Depending on the individual, TMD symptoms may include:

  • pain in the jaw or near the ear
  • neck pain
  • headaches
  • pain with laughing, yawning and eating
  • popping, clicking, or locking of the jaw
  • difficulty eating hard foods
  • difficulty opening and closing mouth

Patients who present with any of these symptoms can benefit from TMJ Syndrome treatment.

 

How Does TMJ Syndrome Treatment Work?

Physical Therapy treatment consists of the following:

  • hands-on soft tissue mobility/deep tissue work
  • gentle manual and mobilization techniques
  • strengthening exercises for the jaw and neck
  • postural and relaxation exercises
  • education regarding proper foods to eat during treatment and maintain and prevent recurrence

Suffering from TMJ Syndrome, call Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise today to schedule an initial appointment and let our experts help you!