The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is just like any other joint in the body, which means it can become dysfunctional, causing pain and functional limitations. Why Physical Therapy? As physical therapists, we can assess and treat the TMJ just like any other joint.
TMJ Benefits and Treatment
Our goal with physical therapy is the same as a dentist: decreasing pain and/or popping in a patient’s TMJ. Physical therapy can obtain similar outcomes as arthrocentesis and arthroscopy procedures do. It is a conservative option that can be used before or in conjunction with oral appliances.
Physical therapy can also be helpful to regain motion and function following Symptoms of TMJ dysfunction include:
- Pain at rest or with opening/closing of jaw
- Popping of jaw with chewing or yawning
- Forehead or temple headaches Locking jaw
- Buzzing or ringing in the ears
- Face pain
- Neck pain
Why choose us?
When you choose
Kelly Hawkins PT for your care needs, you are choosing a team dedicated to providing the support and healing needed to get you back to your best. Our therapists will develop a personalized treatment plan unique to your needs leveraged through leading, outcomes-driven techniques intended to improve movement and overall function goals.
About our team
Our physical therapists are specially trained in a range of specialties. We will also work collaboratively with your support network - from primary doctors to collegiate athletic trainers - to help you safely return to your day-to-day life while optimizing performance and preventing re-injury. We treat patients of all ages, and we pride ourselves on ease of access, convenience, quality of care, and a positive family-friendly environment.
At physical therapy appointments, we encourage patients to wear comfortable clothing that enables free movement and that allows the therapist access to the injured body part. Most patients wear athletic clothes to their appointments.