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TMJ – Effective Relief For Jaw Pain

TMJ – Temporal Mandibular Joint

TMJ, which stands for Temporomandibular Joint, is a crucial joint located just in front of the ears on each side of your face, where the jaw meets the skull. Similar to other joints in your body, the TMJ is orchestrated by muscles and tendons and supported by ligaments and other structures. Its proper functioning is essential for everyday activities such as chewing, yawning, and talking. When the joint is dysfunctional or painful, it is referred to as Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD).

What Causes TMD/TMJ?

TMD often arises after an unusual stress is placed on the joint, such as following dental surgery, a car accident, or an impact to the jaw. Chronic overuse of the jaw, often associated with excessive clenching or teeth grinding at night, can also trigger TMD. Additionally, TMD can manifest without a clear cause and may be linked to neck pain or systemic issues within the body.

What are the Common Symptoms of TMJ?

  • Jaw pain during talking or eating
  • Stiffness when attempting to open your mouth
  • A popping noise when opening or closing your mouth
  • Pain during yawning
  • Sore jaw muscles
  • Occasional locking of the jaw
  • Headaches
  • Earaches

How Can Physical Therapy Help?

Physical therapy for TMD follows a similar approach to other areas of the body. Your Physical Therapist (PT) will conduct a comprehensive examination, create a customized plan incorporating exercises and hands-on treatments, and may suggest lifestyle changes to aid in recovery. The treatments will be focused on reducing pain, enhancing jaw motion, and improving the strength of the muscles surrounding the joint. PT for TMD aims to restore optimal function and alleviate symptoms, contributing to overall improved jaw health.

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