TMJ and Jaw Disorders


The Tempomandibular Joints (TMJ) are among some of the most frequently used joints in the body, allowing us to talk, chew, yawn and swallow. Tempomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) are a variety of problems related to the TMJ and are often overlooked or misdiagnosed.

Some of the more common symptoms of TMD include:

  1. Clicking or popping in the TMJ with opening or closing.
  2. Pain at rest or with opening/closing the jaw.
  3. Decreased ability to open the mouth.
  4. Grinding or clenching the teeth.
  5. Waking with sore, stiff muscles around the jaw.
  6. Neck pain.
  7. Headaches in the forehead, temple or the base of the skull.
  8. Tooth sensitivity.
  9. Buzzing or ringing in the ears.
  10. Dizziness.
  11. Uncomfortable bite or teeth not fitting together properly.

If any of these symptoms last for more than 2-3 weeks, you should seek professional assistance. For a true diagnosis of TMJ dysfunction, a comprehensive history and physical exam along with other diagnostic procedures such as an x-ray are necessary. Most often, TMD can be treated conservatively. However, it is important that a qualified clinician such as a physical therapist or dentist is consulted for an accurate diagnosis since many conditions can mimic the signs and symptoms common to TMD.

At Carson Physical Therapy, our team of professionals will conduct a thorough evaluation to help determine if your symptoms are from TMD. We will then design an individual treatment plan to address your needs, teach you how to manage your condition and using a variety of manual techniques and treatment modalities, we will help relieve your TMJ symptoms.

Please call today to set up an appointment to discuss your options.

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