Jaw Pain and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunctions (TMJ)

TMJ_PT_PSJHCMany temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders arise from problems associated with the muscles to the jaw, with parts of the joint itself and/or with the cervical spine. The most common causes of TMJ disorders are trauma, muscle overuse, arthritis, poor habits such as grinding and clenching, stress and poor posture.

Common signs and symptoms:

  • Pain around the mouth, teeth and/or jaw
  • Popping or clicking of the jaw
  • Inability to open the mouth fully or without pain
  • “Locking” of the jaw in open or closed position
  • Ear pain or ringing in the ears
  • Headaches

TMJ2_PT_PSJHCOur services include:

Our expert therapists will perform a thorough evaluation to determine appropriate treatment, which may include:

  • Ultrasound
  • Low level laser therapy
  • Manual therapy (including soft tissue massage and joint mobilizations)
  • Stretching/strengthening of the jaw musculature
  • Neuromuscular re-education to promote proper jaw mechanics
  • Postural strengthening
  • Relaxation techniques

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 310-829-8724.