TMJ Disorder Can Lead to Other Issues
TMJ Disorder can lead to major issues and severe pains. These issues include neck pain, ear pain, and headaches. Other side effects include locked jaw, difficulty opening a jaw, biting issues, and clicking/popping sounds when you bite. Treating TMJ is essential to avoid developing these issues or further problems. Your NJ physical therapist will be instrumental in evaluating your TMJ and addressing it head-on.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is in the jaw, offering a complex movement that includes both a hinge and a slide. The bones connected to the joint have cartilage and a shock absorbing disc between them. The cartilage and the disc are what keep the movement of the TMJ operating smoothly. When the cartilage or the disc are worn or out of place there can be issues. Likewise if the joint has received a blow, the TMJ can be out of whack or damaged. Regardless of what the damage is, when there is damage to the TMJ it can be annoying at best and extremely painful at worst.
Treatment for TMJ
TMJ Disorder can be treated with medicine to deal with the pain but addressing the pain and trying to get rid of it is a better plan of action. In extreme cases surgery is the answer. Before trying surgery, however, it is always best to try physical therapy. Physical therapy for TMJ can start with something as simple as heat and ice. Ultrasound is another productive form of physical therapy. Our Passaic County physical therapists will also offer exercises to stretch and strengthen jaw muscles.
Passaic County Physical Therapy
The experienced Totowa NJ physical therapists at Elite Spine and Sports Care employ the latest techniques to help with your TMJ pain. We will treat the TMJ pain outside the face to release specific muscles. TMJ pain has a deep connection with facial and neck muscles. As result the overuse of muscles compensating can cause referral pain and headaches. Totowa NJ physical therapy can be instrumental in determining the root cause of your TMJ Disorder and the treatment and physical therapy that will address it.
Elite Spine and Sports Care of Totowa NJ offers an approach based on the functional model and the dynamic use of manual medicine into physical therapy and rehabilitation. We believe that optimal health and performance can be attained through proper stability by enabling correct function via mobility of joints and corresponding muscles.