Do you have discomfort in your jaw and/or experience clicking or pain when opening your mouth to chew or yawn? If so, physical therapy can help! The team at Individual Physical Therapy in Gillette, New Jersey offers individual assessment and treatment services to determine the causes of your pain. You will be provided with a customized treatment plan through one-on-one care for pain management, mobility, and postural education. Schedule an evaluation online or call the office directly to learn more about your treatment options for TMD.
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint which is the joint of the jaw. TMD stands for Temporomandibular Disorders. TMD are disorders or conditions which affect the TMJ, muscles of mastication or chewing, and other muscles and structures around the jaw. The TMJ is a hinge-like joint which slides with opening and closing and serves the function of connecting the jaw to the skull.
As you can imagine the jaw has many important structures. As the TMJ is the main joint of the jaw, functions include opening and closing mouth, moving bottom jaw side to side on upper jaw and teeth,
Common causes of TMJ pain or discomfort can include repetitive use such as grinding teeth, clenching jaw, repetitive movements such as chewing, or stress. Other causes can be from prolonged positioning like mouth opening during dental procedures or from trauma such direct hits to the mouth or jaw
Common symptoms for TMD include: pain or tenderness at the TMJ and/or along jaw line, ache or discomfort in and around ears, pain with chewing or clenching jaw, difficulty with chewing, clicking sounds with opening mouth or chewing, and potentially locking of the joint which can affect opening and closing.
TMJ is a joint of the body and physical therapists work with joints among other aspects of the musculoskeletal system. In PT for TMJ you can expect massage to the muscles of your jaw, head, and neck; range of motion activities for mouth opening/closing and forward jaw movement; resisted exercises for re-training the muscles and to address alignment, and postural education.