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Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction

Manual Physical Therapy

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction can be uncomfortable, cause difficulty with chewing and speaking, and cause headaches. RPI has trained professionals to treat the root problem of jaw pain.
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The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are used for many daily activities such as swallowing, chewing, talking, yawning, and sneezing. The two bones, the mandible and temporal bone, that form the TMJ are located on each side of the cranium. The inferior and the superior spaces of the joint are divided by a connecting disc.

A relatively common disorder called temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) frequently avoids detection. The professionals at RPI Therapy Services have been trained to spot TMD by looking for symptoms like pain emanating from the joints, inability to open and close one’s jaw, distorted biting action, clicking or popping noises during chewing, and headaches. It is likely that we can correct TMD with fairly routine, noninvasive procedures.

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The muscles located in the TMJ area permit the mandible to move in such a way as to provide chewing and speaking functionality. Dysfunction caused by miscued muscles that work asynchronously cause muscle spasms, pain and inflammation. The most common dysfunctions associated with the TMJ are inflammation, muscle imbalances, hypomobility, and hypermobility. Some other possibilities include:
Symptoms of TMJ dysfunction may involve:
We strongly recommend that you consult with a dental health professional for a second opinion and diagnosis since there is a chance that different conditions have overlapping or matching symptoms. Once your doctor or dentist refers you to physical therapy, we will look at your jaw and neck to see what is causing your issue. Your physical therapy plan of care will include education on diet modification, habit modification, dental appliances, positioning, stress management, posture modification, therapeutics, modalities, trigger point dry needling, myofascial release, and joint mobilization. We have clinicians treating this condition at our outpatient clinics. Call today!