Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) are disorders of the temporomadibular joint (TMJ) and the muscles surrounding it. It is also referred to as a craniomandibular problem since the neck (cervical spine) is often involved as well. There are many symptoms that go along with TMD. A person may have one or several of the common symptoms. For this reason, it is often difficult to properly diagnose this condition. The most common symptoms include:
- Pain in the jaw, ear or face
- Headache and neck pain
- Clicking or popping in the jaw
- Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
- Difficulty chewing or yawning
- Ringing in the ears
Symptoms can range from a mild annoyance to extreme severity.
At Crouse, our specially trained physical therapist holds a certification in Craniofacial and will work with you to create an individualized rehabilitation program to reduce pain, increase mobility and improve your comfort. Treatment always begins with a thorough evaluation of the jaw and neck. Your individualized treatment sessions include education about what may be causing your problem and how you can prevent it.
Under her careful guidance, a wide range of exercises and treatment techniques are tailored to meet your specific needs and help you reach your goals.
Treatments may include:
- Manual therapy for the jaw and neck
- Instruction to correct postural alignment along with postural exercises
- Rocabado and other specific TMJ exercises
- Soft tissue and joint mobilizations
- Education in preventative measures and self-care strategies
- Modalities such as heat/ice