What Is TMJ Disorder?
To start, TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. This joint is located in the jaw and consists of a hinge and a slide. The bones connected to this joint have cartilage and a disc between them. The cartilage and the disc, which absorbs shock, keep the movement of the temoromandibular joint working smoothly. When either one of these, or both of these, becomes worn or dislocated there can be damage. Also if the area is hit the TMJ can be sent out of whack. This damage is irritating at the very least, or it can be extremely painful. TMJ Disorder occurs and physical therapy is a very effective treatment. Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa offers the services of experienced Physical Therapists who can evaluate and treat TMJ Disorder.
Treating TMJ Disorder
TMJ Disorder is often treated with medication to ease the pain. In extreme cases, surgery is the answer. Before surgery, or medication to deaden the pain, physical therapy is a good alternative. It can begin with simple heat and ice. Ultrasound used as a therapeutic application is also effective. Our physical therapy staff can treat TMJ Disorder by offering exercises to stretch and strengthen the jaw muscles.
TMJ Disorder can lead to severe pain in the neck or ear, and can cause headaches. These can result in a locked jaw, difficulty opening the jaw, biting problems, and a clicking or popping sound when you bite. Physical Therapy treatment can help avoid developing these issues.
Physical Therapy For TMJ Disorder
The experienced physical therapy staff at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa uses the latest techniques to treat your TMJ Disorder pain. We will determine the root case of your TMJ Disorder and recommend physical therapy applications to treat it. If you have pain in your jaw that results in a locked jaw, difficulty opening the jaw, biting problems, and clicking or popping noise when biting, you need treatment. Give us a call at (862) 239-1768 and talk to a member of our staff regarding your issues. Our focus is always on easing your discomfort and treating the cause of it without medication or surgery.
Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa also offers other services to NJ residents. We have excellent Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic Care, Acupuncture Treatment, Pre and Post Operative Rehabilitation, and Massage Therapy.