Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Treatment for jaw pain

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) refers to a group of problems that cause pain in the face and jaw. You have two jaw joints — one on each side of the face — and muscles that help them move. You use these joints and muscles for activities like talking, eating, yawning, and laughing. When you are not doing these activities, you need to allow these muscles and joints to relax. It is common, but not normal, to clench or have other jaw habits that may contribute to a TMJ disorder.

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Symptoms of a TMJ disorder include:

  • Pain in your jaw, face, or temples
  • Pain in your teeth, ear(s), or head
  • Clicking or noises in your jaw
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Pain while chewing

Physical therapists are trained to treat problems that occur with the joints and muscles. They can identify painful structures, address problem areas, and retrain muscles to work together. Our providers use a combination of treatment techniques to address your pain. Possible treatment options may include postural retraining, specific exercises, manual therapy, or dry needling.

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