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What Is TMJ/TMD?

Temporomandibular joint disorders, known as TMJ/TMD, is a condition that can cause significant disfunction with your jaws’ biomechanics. With this disorder, the patient may experience pain or clicking while chewing food, yawning, or talking. A marked reduction in the patients’ jaw range of motion is also commonly seen.

Symptoms of TMJ/TMD tend to come on gradually with no specific injury or event. Your pain may be due to a variety of factors, such as arthritis, genetics or jaw injury. Additional causes of jaw pain can be due to clenching or grinding of the teeth.

Physical Therapy is an excellent, conservative approach to managing TMJ/TMD. Evaluation by a skilled Physical Therapist is important in understanding the condition, possible causes and treatment for your problem. Possible treatments can include patient education, manual therapy and modalities.