TMJ Dysfunction

Are you experiencing jaw pain?

The source could be TMJ dysfunction.

Do you have trouble opening your mouth when eating or yawning? When you open or close your mouth, do you hear a popping sound? You may have TMJ dysfunction and will benefit from physical therapy to correct it.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is also referred to as the jaw. It is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. Injury or dysfunction in the knee, like in other joints, can cause pain and disability.

Pain and difficulty moving are symptoms of TMJ dysfunction. For some, the joint prevents normal mouth opening; for others, the joint can become stuck, making all movements painful. The muscles surrounding the joint may also become stiff and sore. A dysfunctional TMJ joint can cause headaches or neck tension in severe cases.

The good news is that physical therapy can assist you in eliminating your jaw pain! Make an appointment with one of our skilled physical therapists at Grasmere Physical Therapy in Staten Island, NY today by clicking here.

What are the signs of TMJ disorder?

TMJ dysfunction is typically diagnosed by a dentist or doctor, but treatment to resolve this condition is often performed by a physical therapist. Our physical therapists are experienced in treating TMJ disorders and can assist you in determining the source of your pain.

We will perform a thorough examination that will include a detailed medical history as well as a physical examination. We will treat the joint and surrounding muscles to ensure proper alignment and function of your joint.

Teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism), dislocation of the disc between the ball and socket joint, arthritis, stress, or some type of trauma are all common causes of TMJ pain.

The following are the most common TMJ symptoms:

  • Pain or tenderness of your jaw
  • Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
  • Pain in and around your ear (i.e., earaches)
  • Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
  • Facial pain
  • Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
  • Headaches in the temples

If you have any of the symptoms listed, please contact our Staten Island, NY physical therapy clinic for long-term pain relief!


What should you anticipate from our Staten Island, NY physical therapy clinic?

Our physical therapist will examine your jaw mobility and function to identify any issues that may be causing your condition. We will also examine the surrounding areas, including your facial and neck muscles, to ensure that we address all potential factors affecting TMJ joint function.

Our therapists will work with you to relieve any neck and head muscle tension so that you can resume normal pain-free functioning. To ensure that you fully resolve your issues, one of our trained physical therapists will create a personalized care plan for you based on your needs.

Jaw exercises, soft tissue massage, joint mobilization, myofascial methods, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound may all be part of your treatment plan. Our therapists will go to any length to get you the results you deserve!

Your Next Steps…

  1. Request An Appointment

  2. Receive A Custom Treatment Plan

  3. Work Hard and Progress In Your Recovery

  4. Recover & Enjoy Life Pain-Free!