Physical Therapy for TMJ
The temporomandibular joint (the hinge joint on the sides of the head, in front of the ears, which enable opening and closing the mouth) is referred to as TMJ for short. TMJ dysfunction is a common condition that limits the jaw's natural functions, such as opening the mouth, biting, or chewing. It can even cause clicking temporarily or chronically for years.
TMJ therapy can ease pain, regain normal jaw movement, and lessen everyday stress on the jaw. Symptoms of TMJ include jaw pain, jaw fatigue, difficulty opening the mouth or unable to open at all, difficulty chewing, pain with facial expressions, ringing in the ears, dizziness, popping sounds, and even neck pain.
What Are Some of the Most Common Causes of TMJ?
There is a multitude of different causes of TMJ. Some of the most common treatable causes of TMJ include:
- Arthritic Change at the TMJ
- Slumped Postural Habits
- Chronic Jaw Clenching or Grinding
- Direct Trauma to the Jaw from an Injury
- Jaw Joint Disc or Soft Tissue Displacement
- Habitual Gum Chewing
- High-Stress Levels
- Nail Biting
- Post-Operative Jaw Imbalance Surgery
- Teeth Misalignment
When to Seek Help for Your TMJ Symptoms
Here at Bayside Physical Therapy, we will help restore the natural movements of your jaw and relieve your pain with an individualized treatment plan based on your needs.
If you experience any of the following symptoms associated with TMJ, you should contact Bayside Physical Therapy for a prompt physical therapy evaluation:
- Difficulty Biting or Chewing
- Difficulty Opening Your Mouth All the Way
- Facial, Jaw, or Neck Pain
- Hearing Loss or Ringing in the Ears
- Inability to Open or Close Jaw Completely
- Jaw Pain or Tenderness
- Muscle Spasms During Activity or Rest
- Muffled Voice Due to Inability to Move the Jaw Properly