TMJ / 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.
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.