The TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) is formed by your jaw where it connects to your skull. This is just in front of the ear canal. If you suffer from excessive clicking or popping of your jaw, pain with talking, chewing or biting, you may be suffering from TMJ disorder.
The TMJ requires a delicate balance of proper alignment of the jaw, neck and muscles to open your mouth properly. Most people with TMJ disorders also have issues with posture and the alignment of their neck and is important to evaluate the neck as well as the functioning of the TMJ.
The TMJ has a disc that helps to provide cushion and support to the joint. It also helps guide open the jaw properly on both sides. Many TMJ disorder sufferers experience pain to the ear or at times a sharp click accompanied by pain. This is the disc being displaced to an abnormal position, then flicking back into place, which can be quite painful. We use our TMJ thousands of times a day with talking, chewing and more. The repetition can cause wear and tear and arthritis on the joint over time and cause inflammation that can be quite painful. However, the solution is simple, TMJ Physical Therapy at PROCare Physical Therapy.
Physical therapy is the ideal treatment for TMJ disorder as it works on the root causes; postural alignment and muscle balance issues. Our experienced physical therapists thoroughly evaluate the movement of your TMJ and neck to pinpoint the precise cause of your jaw pain. From there, we have many gentle treatment options available to restore normal alignment, movement, strength, and endurance of the TMJ and neck. We also work very closely with multiple TMJ specialists and dentists if a referral to a physician is needed.
For more information on our TMJ disorder program, call us today. We can help you get rid of your pain and get better, faster.