Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)
What is TMD?
Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) refers to conditions causing pain and impairments of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and surrounding muscles. The joint and muscles work together to control movement of the jaw, and they require coordination to complete daily tasks, such as yawning and chewing. Frequently, TMD includes symptoms such as clicking, popping, locking and grinding in the jaw. You may also experience headaches, dizziness, sinus pain and ear ringing related to TMD. The TMJ and neck have a close relationship, and often treatment of both can lead to the greatest improvements.
The GOAL of Physical therapy:
The goal of Physical Therapy treatment for Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) is to provide pain relief using a variety of techniques to improve your range of motion through exercise and manual therapy and to improve posture and muscle imbalance. There may be modifications to your activities or work station that would be helpful as well.
Physical therapy treatment
Our physical therapists will work closely with your dentist or physician to establish an individualized treatment plan based on results from a comprehensive evaluation. The most current treatment options will be utilized to ensure the best outcome for decreased pain and improved function. Your customized care plan will use a variety of treatment modalities, such as:
- Manual therapy to the joints and surrounding muscles
- Education on lifestyle changes and behavior modification
- Specific exercises to improved coordination and mobility
- Modalities for pain relief