Locked Jaw? Physical Therapy Can Help!

Locked Jaw? Physical Therapy Can Help! Blog    TMD Temporomandibular joint disorder is an affliction that affects the the two joints connecting the jawbone to the skull, it is basically a junction that governs jaw movement. This health issue is relatively frequent, and often resolves itself without intervention. However, in some cases, TMD may require professional care to resolve jaw dysfunction. While the reasons of TMD are difficult to identify, psychological stress and bruxism are the primary contributors to the disfunction.

Symptoms usually include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw fatigue
  • Trouble when one tries to open the mouth when eating or speaking
  • Locking the jaw
  • Dizziness
  • Ear ringing
  • Severe headaches
  • Jaw popping
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain

Potential reasons for developing a TM disorder are actually a number of factors that play a role in the onset of TMD. They include:

  • Poor postural habits, like spending long hours in a seated position with your head bent over a computer, driving, texting and other activities
  • neck and jaw misalignment
  • ligament and muscle stretching that make you hold your head in the wrong position, leading to TMD.

Postural issues which affect jaw and neck muscles may also originate farther down that kinetic chain, in your chest, pelvis or shoulder blades.

Bruxism: Clenching and grinding your teeth, known as Bruxism, is considered to be prompted by stress. You may not know of the behavior, since it often happens during sleep.

Stress is commonly considered to be the one cause of Temporomandibular disorder.

Dental misalignment: Poor teeth position can affect the way you chew, which prompts TMD.

A dentist may help you correct the condition. However, dental misalignment is rarely the primary TMD reason.

Trauma: An accident or general jw related trauma leading to fractures is considered to be a major factor. Consequent effects of old traumatic injuries may begin to manifest as TMD, years after the injury.
Operation: invasive jaw or neck surgery can lead to consequences resulting in TMD and compromise the TMJ adequate mobility. The physical therapy and rehabilitation of the joint may become necessary.
Respiratory issues: Asthma, chronic nasal congestion, sleep apnea and nighttime mouth breathing can result in neck and jaw becoming misaligned, leading to TMD.

Facial muscle atrophy: Weak facial muscles may lead to jaw misalignment over time.
Tongue issues: Problems with your tongue can affect how you chew, which in turn affects your TMJ.
TMD medical verdict and ways to treat. Because how your neck and jaw align is governed by muscle and connective tissue, the condition can usually be successfully treated with PT. After a thorough health medical history record review the therapist will assess your overall posture when sitting or standing. You also must take a physical exam of your neck and jaw. Real-time ultrasonography is held to view your jaw range of motion.

TMD treatment strategies may include:

  • Exercises to realign the cervical spine
  • Exercises to correct whole body postural issues
  • Jaw alignment exercises
  • Manual disc alignment
  • Mouth and jaw massage
  • Manual therapy
  • Functional therapy for facial muscles
  • DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization)
  • ESWT (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy)
  • Cold laser treatment
  • Dental intervention may be included as part of your treatment plan if tooth misalignment is thought to play a role with TMD. However, dental issues are rarely the true reason of TMD.

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) Treatment in NYC

If you suffer from chronic pain in your jaw joint, locking, popping or other symptoms of TMD, PT may be the fastest route to recovery. Jaw pain specialists at NYDNRehab utilize the latest technologies along with cutting edge therapies to treat theTM disorder. Contact NYDNRehab today, and resolve your TMJ so you can enjoy eating, talking and living without the pain and discomfort of TMD. Persistent lateral hip pain is a common complaint of women over age 50, with 23.5% reporting either unilateral or bilateral hip pain. Lateral hip pain occurs in women four times more often than in men.

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