Responsible for opening and closing your jaw, the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the upper temporal bone (which is part of your skull) and the mandible, or lower jawbone. Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) are a painful condition your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) can suffer from. TMD is often mis-categorized as simply TMJ, and TMD can also be mis-diagnosed.
Lock-jaw. Painful clicking. Difficulty eating. Intense headaches. These are all classic symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). Contributing factors such as poor teeth alignment (upper and lower teeth touching), orthodontic treatments, poor health and nutrition can lead to TMJ pain. Pain can also arise from inflammation, arthritis, trauma to the joint, joint laxity, muscle tightness or trigger points, cervical or thoracic pain. Psychosocial factors such as chronic stress, anxiety, depression or pain can also contribute to pain. While this pain may seem overwhelming, physical therapy can help. This pain is best address through the physical therapy techniques listed below.
To successfully treat TMD, your physical therapy programs will likely consist of one or more of the following to help heal TMJ and prevent TMD:
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