Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) & Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

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Understanding TMD & TMJ

Lock-jaw. Painful clicking. Difficult time eating. Intense headaches.  These are classic symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), a painful condition of your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). Responsible for opening and closing your jaw, the TMJ consists of the upper temporal bone (which is part of your skull) and the mandible, or lower jawbone.


Contributing factors such as poor teeth alignment (upper and lower teeth touching), orthodontic treatments, poor health and nutrition can lead to TMJ pain. Pain arises from inflammation, arthritis, trauma to the joint, joint laxity, muscle tightness or trigger points, cervical or thoracic pain and psychosocial factors such as chronic stress, anxiety, depression or pain.

Treatment of TMD & TMJ

Dr. Patrick is skilled in providing TMD therapy to people who are seeking relief from TMJ pain or require post-surgical TMJ rehabilitation. To successfully treat TMD, your physical therapy programs may consist of one or more of the following:


  •  Specific soft tissue techniques
  •  Prescribed flexibility and postural strengthening
  •  Guided relaxation and self-management techniques
  •  Skilled joint mobilization
  •  Therapeutic use of ice/heat