Treating TMJ Pain at Holland Physical Therapy

TMJ pain

TMJ pain can be overwhelming if you do not know where to go. Fortunately, Holland Physical Therapy offers treatment for TMJ pain. TMJ is a disorder that impacts the jaws and muscles in the face. Inside of the mouth, we have a hinge that connects the jaw to the bones of the skull. This hinge is what allows us to move our jaw up and down and side to side so we can talk, yawn and chew our food.

What causes TMJ?

Injury to the jaws, head and neck are the most common causes of TMJ. Other causes can include clenched teeth, whiplash, getting hit in the face and even arthritis in the joints of the face.

Symptoms of TMJ

The first sign of TMJ that most people notice is the pain, which in some cases can impact both sides of the mouth. You should begin treating TMJ pain if you have trouble when trying to open your mouth. If you don’t start then, simple things like talking and eating can become excruciating after a while.

Other signs you should be aware of are symptoms like headaches, dizziness and even ear aches. Even though these symptoms don’t seem connected, if you are experiencing them in conjunction with jaw pain, it’s time to seek professional help.

Getting a diagnosis

Most patients will schedule a visit to see their dentist for mouth pain. You may see an orthodontist to make sure your teeth, muscles and joints are working together properly. Depending on the severity of the case, you might be referred to an oral surgeon. After you receive a diagnosis, you can begin treating your TMJ pain.

Options for treating TMJ pain

Most treatment plans will start with getting the pain under control. Over the counter medications can help relieve the pain and reduce the swelling. Alternating between cold and hot compresses can help. Your dentist may recommend a jaw-stretching routine and physical therapy to help you find relief. Some patients are advised to use a mouth guard to prevent teeth clenching as they sleep. The most extreme cases can lead to surgery.

Holland Physical Therapy and treating TMJ pain

If you would like to begin physical therapy to treat your TMJ pain, Holland Physical Therapy can help you find relief. Contact Holland Physical Therapy to schedule a consultation and start treating your TMJ pain today.