It’s important to be certain you need TMJ pain treatment

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If you have pain in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), then you may not know where to turn for help. However, one place that you can always turn to is the therapy team at Holland Physical Therapy.

Our staff prides itself on our patient-centric focus. What this means is that every step of your therapy process with us will focus entirely on your needs. The first step in this therapy process will be your initial evaluation. During this appointment, one of our therapists will make sure that your pain is coming from your temporomandibular joint. They will then help you develop a physical therapy plan to treat your TMJ pain.

But, you should be aware of that not all jaw pain originates in the TMJ. In fact, the symptoms that appear to be TMJ issues may be another condition.

How we diagnose TMJ Pain

When you have TMJ pain, you probably want to find a way to relieve the pain as soon as possible. At Holland Physical Therapy, we understand that this condition can be very painful. But, we also know that your pain may be the result of one of several other conditions. Finding out exactly which condition you have is the reason we do an initial evaluation before building you a therapy plan.

By looking for the symptoms of TMJ issues, we may be able to definitively establish that you have TMJ issues. Your TMJ issues may cause you to experience symptoms such as:

  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw popping
  • Headaches
  • Sore jaw muscles
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Pain in your temple
  • Earaches

The problem with relying on these symptoms alone to diagnose your condition is that they can also come from several other issues. One issue that may have similar symptoms is trigeminal neuralgia. Another condition with similar symptoms is salivary gland disease. These symptoms may even be the result of swollen lymph nodes.

To make sure your pain is related to your TMJ, we’ll do something besides our initial evaluation. We’ll also work with other medical professionals like doctors, ear specialists and dentists. This way, we can help you rule out the other possible causes of your pain. With this accomplished, we can then create an effective physical therapy plan for you, and this plan may help you to recover from your TMJ pain more rapidly.

At Holland Physical Therapy, we’re here to help you with your TMJ pain, and our team is ready to help you find out more about our services or schedule your initial evaluation. All you have to do is contact us now.