Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) develop from problems with the jaw bone and joint.

 

Common symptoms include:

  • Jaw pain/tenderness
  • Asymptomatic clicking or popping
  • Difficulty or deviation when opening
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Facial pain (ear, temple) with jaw motion
  • Headaches

 

TMD can often be associated with cervical spine dysfunction, particularly the upper cervical spine. Upper cervical spine dysfunction and TMD often result in headaches.

 

Physical Therapy can:

– Assist in investigating the root cause of pain to ensure all regions are considered during your care

– Identify any ergonomic and postural contributions to TMD, such as forward head posture

– Assess the strength and endurance of deep neck flexors and shoulder blade muscles to ensure postural corrections are maintained, reducing stress placed on the TMJ

 

Physical therapy does not replace orthotic use to direction provided by other healthcare providers. TherapySouth works together with all providers to give well-rounded care to patients that will reduce pain and improve function.

 

Our goal is to return patients to a normal and healthy lifestyle by utilizing a variety of techniques including: manual therapy, self-joint mobilizations, customized home exercise programs, and dry-needling.

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