Temporomandibular Joint Disorders – TMJ or TMD
Those who suffer from temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ / TMD) understand firsthand what it means to have a physical condition impact daily living. Pain in the jaw joint and face muscles can lead to difficulty eating, earaches, neck tension, headaches and trouble just sitting in front of a computer or TV.
While patients diagnosed with TMJ or TMD tend to seek treatment first through their dentist, the 80 million Americans afflicted with the disorder can turn to physical therapy.
Physical therapy can effectively treat patients with this orofacial pain, or be a conservative, first-line option for managing pain.
It takes a multi-faceted approach to manage.
A physical therapist with expertise in this area can provide patients with manual therapy to help alleviate pain and an individual exercise and treatment plan to stretch and strengthen jaw and neck muscles, helping them get and remain pain free.
For patients who do need surgery for TMJ / TMD or other jaw and neck disorders, Tidewater Physical Therapy can also help the healing process with a specially designed post-operative program that includes techniques such as heat, TENS, ultrasound, exercise, and joint mobilization.
Related TMJ / TMD articles:
- TMJ Do’s and Don’ts
- Understanding TMJ
- TMJ Treatment Program
- Reduce Stress on Your Jaw
- What is Lock Jaw?
- PT Treatments for Patients With Sleep Apnea from TMJ
- What is the Difference Between TMJ and TMD?
- Can Grinding Teeth Cause Headaches?
Find a physical therapy clinic near you and make your own appointment today to get and keep feeling pain free.
Many of the physical therapists at Tidewater Physical Therapy Inc. hold Direct Access Certification through the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy allowing them to evaluate and treat patients without a prescription. As part of your healthcare team, a physical therapist will make an assessment of your condition and create a plan to start you on the road to wellness. Our team will communicate with your physician or dentist of record and obtain a referral, if necessary, for your continued treatment. We will also work with your insurance carrier to make sure services are covered by your plan.