Temporomandibular Joint Treatment (TMJ)
If you are suffering from frequent headaches, jaw aches, and/or aching facial pain, it could be Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMJ or TMD. This condition involves your jaw joint and can make chewing and talking painful.
If you think you may have TMJ or if your dentist has diagnosed you with it, read on for causes, symptoms, and TMJ treatment.
TMJ/TMD Pain. What is the cause?
TMJ/TMD pain is a very common complaint that affects many people. Stress, teeth grinding and injury to the jaw, temporomandibular joint, or muscles of the head and neck – such as from a heavy blow or whiplash, can cause TMJ/TMD pain. In addition, poor posture and decreased neck mobility can increase the likelihood of TMJ/TMD pain.
Generally the source of pain is in the temporomandibular joints, discs or soft tissues. The surrounding muscles and ligaments may become inflamed and irritated causing most people to experience pain primarily in jaw and facial muscles. However, the pain may spread to the shoulders and up into the head.
Headaches and even migraines are a common problem for people suffering with TMJ/TMD. You may notice problems such as turning your head, aching pain at the end of the day or with prolonged sitting, headaches, and even pains into the shoulders or arms.
Knowing the right course of treatment will reduce TMJ/TMD pain. Physical Therapy at Aspen Rehabilitation will help you to get out of pain and start feeling like yourself again.
Helping relieve TMJ/TMD Pain
Physical therapy is the natural way of helping you to reduce TMJ/TMD pain. At Aspen Rehabilitation, our patients are extensively evaluated by an expert physical therapist who has years of training in medical evaluation of TMJ/TMD and associated conditions that can cause neck pain and headaches.
Our therapists will address the root cause of the pain such as poor jaw mobility, posture, weakness and decreased neck mobility. We also help compliance with your doctor's prescription of night/bite guard wear and usage.
At Aspen Rehabilitation we have advanced training to help you to reduce pain, improve strength and get you back to enjoying the activities you love.
Dentists can prescribe physical therapy
We work with our patients to provide a level of care unsurpassed in the area in TMJ /TMD care.