Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
What is TMJ and how does it relate to Physical Therapy?
Temporomandibular joint disorder is a common condition that is experienced by individuals of all ages. It limits the ability to open or close one’s mouth and often causes facial pain or pain around the ear. This can affect talking, yawning, or chewing. The pain may be temporary or chronic.
What causes TMJ?
TMJ is often caused by a combination of factors but it can be caused from poor posture, jaw clenching, poor teeth alignment, fractures, jaw spasms, and arthritis in the joint.
What does this consist of?
Our Physical Therapists will assess your individual condition and look at your Range of Motion, strength, tenderness, dysfunctional muscles, posture, and habits in order to find a personalized treatment to lessen your pain and help you regain your jaw motion.
How do I start?
While individuals do not need a referral to start Physical Therapy for TMJ. It is good to speak with your dentist or doctor as well to see if this would be a beneficial treatment for you. Physical Therapy for TMJ treatments would be billed under one’s Medical/Health insurance and not Dental Insurance.
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High Desert Physical Therapy has therapists that are highly trained to help ease the pain, regain normal jaw movement, and lessen the stress of this condition.