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TMJ Dysfunction


Temporomandibular Joint | Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction/Disorder

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is used throughout the day to move the jaw, especially in biting and chewing, talking, and yawning. It is one of the most frequently used joints of the body.

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD/TMJ Syndrome), is a term that re­fers to acute or chronic inflammation of the TMJ. The disorder can result in significant pain and impairment.

Symptoms may include:

  • Headaches
  • Upper neck pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Lower jaw pain
  • Upper jaw pain
  • Pain in the joint where the lower and upper jaw meet
  • Clicking or locking of jaw
  • Dislocated jaw
  • Displaced disc
  • Ringing in ears
  • Dizziness/Feeling of imbalance

Physician, Dentist or Orthodontist may diagnose:

  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic Arthritis (i.e., Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, etc.)
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Reiter’s Disease

Centra Physical Therapy Options:

When working with a Centra Physical Therapist, each patient is assessed to create an individualized  treatment plan. For jaw pain, TMD, and /or TMJ physical therapy treatment can include:

  • Manual Therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory modalities; application of heat or cold
  • Posture correction
  • Therapeutic exercises to strengthen and increase motion of the affected area
  • Modifications to physical activity and diet
  • Visual tracking and balance exercises
  • Additional options to decrease muscle tensions around jaw, upper neck, and face

 Our experienced therapists will evaluate jaw mobility, neck and postural alignment in order to determine the recommended course of treatment.

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