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Temporomandibular disorder (TMJ) Rehabilitation

Do you have painful clicking, popping or grating sounds in the jaw?

Do you have:

  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw?
  • Radiating pain of the face, neck or shoulders?
  • Frequent headaches ore earaches?
  • Have you had a sudden change o n how our upper and lower teeth meet?

You could be having problems with our tempromandibular joint (TMJ). Located where the upper and lover jaw meet and commonly referred to as the jaw joint, the TMJ is controlled by a complex system of muscles and ligaments. When working in harmony, the muscles, allowing you to talk, chew, and yawn.

Tempromandibular disorder (TMD) is a broad term used when harmony between the muscles and ligaments that control the TMJ is disrupted. Symptoms vary greatly among patients. Loss of function can range from mild jaw stiffness to severe restrictions in movement. Even locking of the jaw can occur. Likewise, the pain associated with TMD can range from a mild ache to chronic debilitating pain.

Physical Therapy can help restore the normal function of your TMJ by improving the alignment of the joint, relaxing muscles, increasing flexibility and decreasing inflammation. Each patient’s treatment pan will be different based on the factors that have continued to the onset of TMD. Early detection and treatment are important, as some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions. Your treatment plan will include one or more of the following:

  • Crania-sacral therapy/myofascial release
  • Joint mobilization
  • Postural training
  • Jaw exercises
  • Electric stimulation
  • Ultrasound
  • Iontophoresis
  • Education
  • Stress management

Let the therapists at FirstHealth Rehabilitation help stop the clicking, popping, and grating sounds to decrease your pain and restore your TMJ function. Talk to your doctor about whether therapy may help you.

For more information on FirstHealth Outpatient Rehabilitation or aquatic therapy services, call (910) 715-1600.

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