TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) pain is a common condition and can affect many people from all walks of life.
TMJ disorders vary in presentation and symptoms from individuals depending on the root cause of the issue.
For example, for some, it may be tight muscles of the jaw. Others may have an affected disk that clicks and catches, which may or may not be accompanied with pain.
Proper assessment and diagnosis of the TMJ is important as its structure and function is in direct relationship to other structures such as the ear, the head, the neck and more.
We look forward to helping patients with TMJ disorders for pain relief and improving their quality of life when all other approaches have failed.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder describes issues of the jaw that may arise from dysfunction of the jaw muscles, the TMJ disc or even compression of the nerves that innervate the jaw joint and its surrounding muscles.
Dysfunction of these structures can commonly cause pain in the jaw, the face, ringing in the ear, difficulty swallowing and even speech may get affected.
Symptoms of TMJ
TMJ disorders often are accompanied by a wide range of symptoms.
Common symptoms of TMJ pain include
- Pain in the jaw with opening or closing.
- Inability to fully open or close the jaw with or without pain.
- Difficulty chewing.
Other symptoms that are associated with TMJ dysfunction are:
- Speech difficulties.
- Feeling of pressure in the ear.
- Ringing in the ear.
- Voice changes.
- Vision changes.
- Neck pain/stiffness or soreness
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TMJ Treatments Available at Fulcrum Therapy
The TMJ is one of the strongest joints of the body and has the second strongest muscle of the body. This joint is critical in our everyday function, yet it is under treated, under diagnosed and oftentimes misunderstood.
Available treatments of the TMJ that we offer at Fulcrum therapy includes:
The TMJ requires a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis that considers all aspects and connections to the TMJ. A multi disciplinary approach to TMJ is often beneficial as each discipline and practitioner has a slightly unique approach and when the team works collaboratively to treat the jaw, superior results occur and patients often find relief at a much faster rate.
We hope that our detailed approach to the assessment and treatment of the TMJ gives you an understanding of the complexities of this joint and the delicate approach that may be necessary to address TMJ pain as it relates to our everyday function.