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Managing jaw pain and dysfunction with specialized therapy

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) is a common problem affecting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). TMD may result from poor posture, jaw clenching, teeth alignment, trauma, surgery, and lockjaw. ProHealth Care physical therapists are trained to treat TMD disorder and associated symptoms, including:

  • Jaw pain and/or inflammation

  • Jaw fatigue

  • Disk problems

  • Difficulty opening your mouth to eat or talk

  • Popping/clicking sounds in your jaw

  • Neck pain

  • Headache

  • Locking jaw

Physical therapists will conduct an evaluation on your jaw and neck. The therapist will examine the TMJ to evaluate how well it can open and look for any abnormalities; this may include placing his or her hand in your mouth in order to examine muscle and jaw movement. Based on the evaluation, the physical therapist will determine the plan of care. Treatment may include manual therapy and modalities to improve motion and decrease pain in the jaw and neck, home exercise program, education on posture, body mechanics, and joint protection.

If you believe you may benefit from physical therapy for TMD, contact your physician to obtain a referral. To schedule an appointment, call the clinic nearest you:

ProHealth Medical Group
at D. N. Greenwald Center
240 W. Maple Avenue

ProHealth Medical Group
S69 W15636 Janesville Road

ProHealth Medical Group
13900 W. National Avenue, Suite 200

ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital
725 American Avenue

ProHealth Medical Group
2130 Big Bend Road (East Entrance)

ProHealth Medical Group Moreland Family Medicine
717 W. Moreland Blvd.