TMJ: Temporomandibular joint disorders


What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disorder is a condition that affects the temporomandibular (jaw) joint, which leads to muscle spasms and pain, possible clicking and audible popping in your jaw, headaches, ear problems, and possible difficulty in opening and closing your mouth. This may interfere with your ability to concentrate or perform daily activities such as brushing your teeth or eating. This may be caused by trauma, postural problems or oral/dental problems.

How can physical therapy help?

Physical Therapy through exercise and other means can help reduce pain and muscle tightness, and maintain normal jaw motion.

What can happen if I do not have physical therapy?

You can have a continuation of problems in your jaw, with an increase of severity of the pain and/or clicking, and headaches that lead to further dysfunction.