Jaw Pain & Dysfunction

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a common condition that affects the normal function of the jaw at the joint that connects your jaw to your skull in front of your ear. TMD may cause pain in that joint and affect your ability to open your mouth and chew.

TMD symptoms may include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw fatigue
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Popping or clicking in the joint
  • Neck pain
  • Locking jaw

Your physician or dentist may recommend physical therapy for TMD to restore the natural movement of your jaw and decrease your pain. Physical therapy may include:

  • Posture education
  • Exercises to strengthen muscles and restore motion
  • Manual therapy (hands-on techniques) to increase movement and relieve pain
  • Modalities, such as electrical stimulation or ultrasound
  • Education to prevent future TMD