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Using Physical Therapy for Treating TMJ

Written By Dr. Charles O'Dea on September 24, 2020

rsz jawpainTMJ disorders impact around five to twelve percent of the world’s population with the disorder impacting women at least twice as often as men. TMJ disorders cause temporary or chronic jaw pain that stems from a variety of causes and risk factors. For some, jaw tenderness can be so prevalent that it can become challenging to open or close their jaw completely. Treatment options do vary, but TMJ disorder sufferers, especially those facing chronic pain, greatly benefit from physical therapy.  

The Symptoms of TMJ 

The symptoms of TMJ disorders can vary among patients, but common symptoms include: 

  • Pain in the jaw 
  • Difficulty chewing or pain present when chewing 
  • Difficulty opening and closing your mouth 
  • Clicking noises when chewing, speaking, or opening and closing your mouth 
  • Face or ear pain 
  • A grating sensation when opening your mouth or chewing 

The Causes and Risk Factors of TMJ

TMJ disorders are impacted by problems with the temporomandibular joints on each side of your head. This joint acts like a sliding hinge for your jaw, and any damage or misalignment can cause TMJ. TMJ is most commonly caused by: 

  • Misalignment of the temporomandibular joint 
  • Damage to the joint caused by impact or arthritis 

In some cases, the cause of TMJ is unclear. However, you have an increased risk of developing a TMJ disorder if:   

  • You clench or grind your teeth frequently 
  • You experience a jaw injury 
  • You have rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. 

Using Compass Physical Therapy & Chiropractic for TMJ Treatment 

TMJ acts similarly to musculoskeletal disorders that impact other parts of the body. Physical therapy is often the most cost-effective form of treatment and long-term symptom relief. Physical therapy for TMJ may include: 

  • Manual therapy  
  • Posture correction and education 
  • Targeted stretches and exercises 
  • Lifestyle change recommendations 

Physical Therapy for TMJ in Suffolk 

If you’re suffering from TMJ, it is essential to explore your options for treatment. Physical therapy offers a holistic, medication-free approach to pain relief. Dr. Russell Mosher has been providing physical therapy and chiropractic care to patients for over 20 years. As a cornerstone of the Suffolk community, he provides a patient-centered approach to help each patient onto their unique road of treatment and recovery. 

Are you looking for physical therapy for TMJ in Suffolk? Call our office at (757) 539-2244 or schedule an appointment online to get started.


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