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TMD Services

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction can cause a variety of issues that make it difficult to yawn, talk and eat. It can also cause clicking, jaw pain, ear ringing and headaches. Physical therapy can help improve jaw alignment and muscle function.

An anatomy model of the bones of a human skull, including the jaw

Conditions Treated

While some physical therapists will tell you that they treat jaw problems, we specialize in it. We treat conditions including:

  • Dislocations

  • Fractures

  • TMJ related headaches

  • Disc herniation (popping/clicking)

  • Retrodiscal ligament lengthening (popping/clicking)

  • lock jaw (inability to open or close your mouth)

  • Habitual jaw clenching

  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)

  • Arthralgia/Arthritis

  • Degenerative joint disease

  • Some types of tinnitus (ear ringing)

  • TMJ arthrodesis (joint replacement)

Comorbid Conditions

     Patients who experience jaw problems often have several other conditions that contribute to their symptoms. We have experience working with:

  • Neck problems

  • Trigeminal neuralgia

  • Headache disorders

  • Migraines

  • Breathing problems

  • Bell's Palsy

  • Dental problems

  • Swallowing difficulties

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disorders

  • Hypermobility/connective tissue disorders

  • Pelvic pain

What to Expect

     Your physical therapist will take time to listen to your concerns, ask questions about your condition and understand your personal goals. Next, they will take you through a series of movements and tests to assess the function of your muscles, joints and other tissues. Evaluating jaw problems thoroughly may involve external examination of your neck, facial muscles, and jaw. We also typically perform an intra-oral examination of the muscles inside your mouth.

     After establishing the areas that need improvement, your therapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan. This may include exercises, education, manual therapy treatments (soft tissue massage and joint mobilizations) and specialty interventions like dry needling.

Importance of Teamwork

     Patients who experience jaw problems often benefit from working with a team of healthcare providers to ensure the best possible results. Your physical therapist may ask your permission to talk with other providers on your team such as your dentist, orthodontist, oral surgeon, neurologist,  and/or gastrointestinal specialist.​

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