Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome
At Advance Physical Therapy, we treat many patients with complaints associated with TMD, or temporomandibular disorder. The symptoms can include jaw and facial pain/tension, jaw cracking and popping, ear pain, toothaches, neck pain and tension, difficulty with the bite, and problems with chewing, swallowing, opening or yawning.
Approximately 80 million people in the U.S. are afflicted with these symptoms. Symptoms usually begin gradually, with cracking or popping in one jaw while eating harder foods, or while opening wide to take a big bite. Sometimes, people begin to have trouble opening for prolonged procedures at the dentist. Often, neck pain, headaches and stiffness accompany early or late stages of TMD. While degenerative changes in the TMJ (tempormandibular joint) with aging are common, it can be managed when the cause of the pain is accurately identified.
The key factor to treating the TMJ successfully is prevention. Knowing the proper prevention strategies and applying them on a daily basis can, in fact, minimize this disorder from becoming a real problem. Seeking early intervention when you notice symptoms developing is more easily treated than a chronic TMJ condition that has been active for months or even years. It’s important to consult with your physical therapist and dentist early on when you suspect that you have TMJ symptoms. If you are consulting your primary care physician or dentist, ask to be referred to Advance Physical Therapy, Inc. for your TMJ treatment.
At Advance Physical Therapy, Inc., our physical therapists will provide you the care necessary to treat the cause and symptoms of this disorder and restore your pain-free quality of life.