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What Is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) guides jaw movement. Problems with the TMJ are known as temporomandibular joint disorder or dysfunction (TMD). TMD can be caused by:

  • Bad posture habits.
  • Chronic jaw clenching at night(“bruxism”).
  • Fracture. In a traumatic accident involving the face or head, a fracture to the lower jaw may result, and even when the fracture is fully healed, TMJ stiffness and pain may remain.
  • Surgery. Following surgery to the face and jaw, there may be a loss in mobility and function of the TMJ.
  • Trismus (“lockjaw”). This condition—where jaw muscles spasm and the jaw cannot be fully opened—can be both a cause and a symptom of TMD.

What Are the Symptoms of TMD?
TMD symptoms include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw fatigue
  • Difficulty opening your mouth to eat or talk
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Popping sounds in your jaw
  • Neck pain
  • Locking jaw

How Can a Physical Therapist Help?
Your physical therapist can help restore the natural movement of your jaw and decrease your pain. Treatments used by physical therapists for TMD may include:

  • Posture education.
  • Exercises.
  • Manual Techniques (soft tissue and joint mobilization).
  • Modalities (electrical stimulation, ultrasound, heat, ice).

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