Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are often mistreated and under treated. TMJ disorders can be very emotional because they affect our most basic of tasks including talking and eating. One may have a night guard orthotic created by his or her dentist, but at times that may not be enough. Symptoms can even present as stiffness and/or pain in the neck and upper back.
Physical therapists can be a tremendous help to those afflicted with TMJ disorders. We perform a thorough assessment to determine what may be the cause or exacerbation of your symptoms and then prescribe treatment. Treatment includes education about correct jaw placement, hands on mobilization of the muscles around your jaw, movement of your temporomandibular joint, posture correction, and strengthening. We utilize the most cutting-edge treatments for your TMJ including dry needling, which increases the blood flow and healing of the joint.
Typical timeline for treatments range from 4-8 weeks.