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TMJ – Treatment of Temporalmandibular Disorders

Temporalmandibular joint (TMJ) disorders affect individuals of all ages and are especially problematic in that they affect oral functions including talking, laughing and eating.  The head, jaw and neck exhibit a delicate inter-relationship between nerves, muscles and joints.  The resultant pain can manifest itself  in headache, neck ache, facial pain and difficulty with opening and closing of the mouth.

Typically symptoms may include:

  • Jaw joint/muscle pain
  • Jaw locking
  • Jaw noise
  • Ear pain
  • Atypical tooth pain 

The clinicians at Wenger Physical Therapy have received advanced training from the University of Minnesota Dental School and other sources in the treatment and evaluation of TMJ disorders.  Our clinicians will work closely with your referral source and can effectively manage and treatment of the following TMJ disorders:

  • Muscle/joint disorders of the jaw, head and neck
  • TMJ dislocation
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Post-surgical TMJ treatment
  • Joint replacement 

Your initial visit will include a thorough musculoskeletal and biomechanical evaluation.  This will include assessment of joint mobility, the muscles of the neck and jaw and a postural assessment as it relates to the TMJ, craniofacial and cervical areas. 

The treatment approach will be individualized to your specific needs.  Therapeutic interventions may include: 

Manual therapy techniques including joint and soft tissue mobilization of the TMJ and cervical regions to improve mobility, minimize muscle tightness and spasm and decrease strain to the TMJ and cervical regions

Neuromuscular re-education including techniques to improve muscle imbalances and decrease strain to the TMJ and cervical region

Education including instruction in dietary changes, postural considerations, oral modification and awareness training to minimize irritation to the involved tissues

Self-management including instruction in techniques and exercises to allow you to independently manage your symptoms