HealthActions Jaw and TMJ Pain Treatment
The temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint connecting your jaw to your skull. This joint is in the front of the ears and can easily be located by opening and closing your mouth and feeling the joint with your fingers. When there is a problem with this joint, the muscles or the ligaments around the joint, the condition is known as TMJ or TMJ disorder.
When your TMJ becomes damaged or the surrounding muscles become stressed, you experience jaw pain. Within the joint there are moving parts that allow the upper jaw to close on the lower jaw to perform certain actions (biting, chewing, talking and yawning). This is one of the most used joints in the body so having pain in this location doesn't go unnoticed.
What are Common TMJ Pain Problems?
Temporomandibular Disorders fall into one of these three main categories:
- Myofascial Pain
- Internal Derangement of the Joint
- Degenerative Joint Disease
What are Common TMJ Symptoms?
- Jaw discomfort or soreness (often most prevalent in the morning or late afternoon)
- Pain radiating behind the eyes, in the face, shoulder, neck, and/or back
- Earaches or ringing in the ears (not caused by an infection of the inner ear canal)
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Locking of the jaw
- Mouth motions are limited
- Clenching or grinding of the teeth
- Sensitivity of the teeth without the presence of an oral health disease.
- Numbness or tingling sensation in the fingers
- A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together.
Why Physical Therapy for TMJ Disorder?
Treating TMD with physical therapy is an effective method to relieve pain and discomfort. When you come to HealthActions for your physical therapy evaluation and treatment, you can expect your therapist to analyze your jaw mobility and release muscle tension in the head and neck region.
Our physical therapy team will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your TMD, neck, thoracic spine and shoulder girdle to determine the structures causing TMJ symptoms.