Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is an affliction that affects the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the joint that governs jaw movement. The condition is relatively common, and often resolves itself without intervention. However, in some cases, TMD may require professional care to resolve jaw dysfunction.
While the causes of TMD are difficult to identify, psychological stress and its related teeth clenching and grinding are thought to be primary contributors to TMD.
A number of factors may play a role in the onset of TMD, including:
Because the alignment of your neck and jaw are governed by muscle and connective tissue, the condition can usually be successfully treated with physical therapy.
After a thorough health history review, your therapist will evaluate your posture while sitting and standing, and conduct a physical examination of your neck and jaw. Real-time ultrasonography may be used to view your jaw in motion.
Dental intervention may be included as part of your treatment plan if tooth misalignment is thought to play a role in your TMD. However, dental issues are rarely the root cause of TMD.
If you suffer from chronic jaw pain, locking, popping or other symptoms of TMD, physical therapy is the fastest route to recovery. The jaw pain specialists at NYDNRehab use the latest technologies and cutting edge therapies to treat TMD. Contact NYDNRehab today, and resolve your TMJ so you can enjoy eating, talking and living without the pain and discomfort of TMD.
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