Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a common condition that limits the natural functions of the jaw, such as opening and closing your mouth and chewing. Symptoms include: pain while chewing, stiff jaw muscles, having limited range of motion, lock jaw and pain that spreads to your neck and face. Often you will hear a popping sound when you open or close your mouth.
Our physical therapists can help restore the natural movement of your jaw and decrease your pain by identifying the cause of your symptoms. They will evaluate your posture, observe how the upper portion of your spine moves and determine how well your temporomandibular functions and if there are any abnormalities.
TMD symptoms include:
- Jaw pain
- Jaw fatigue
- Popping or clicking sounds in your jaw
- Neck pain
- Ear ringing and pain
- Locking jaw
- Difficulty opening your mouth
After your extensive examination our therapists will select the best treatments for you which may include:
- Flexibility and postural strengthening
- Relaxation and self-management techniques
- Skilled mobilization
- Dry needling
- Therapeutic use of ice and heat, ultrasound, iontophoresis and electrical stimulation