Do you have jaw pain? Does it hurt to open or close your mouth while talking or eating? If the answer is yes, then you might have temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD). This is a group of disorders involving the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). People with TMD may frequently suffer from TMJ pain, as well as headaches, ear pain, tooth pain, dizziness, limited range of motion, and deviations of jaw movement. The TMJ is one of the most powerful and important joints in the body and problems that occur in this area can significantly impact a person's quality of life.
Physical therapy is considered to be the most effective conservative treatment for TMD, potentially eliminating the need for surgery, splinting, or orthodontics. For post-operative patients, physical therapy is essential for optimal recovery from jaw or facial surgery to prevent scar tissue and restore normal biomechanics. Our TMD specialists have been clinically mentored by Dr. Pam Schuerman, who is one of the pioneers in the field of TMD rehabilitation and has 30 years of experience specializing in this area. At Innova all treatment sessions are 60 minute one-on-one with a licensed physical therapist. Our PTs can help to reduce pain and improve range of motion, stability, and motor control which will ultimately help you to optimize your function and quality of life.
TMD can be a complex condition resulting from one or more causes. Although not comprehensive, the following is a list of the most common causes for TMD:
Your specific treatment plan will depend on a variety of factors that are unique to your condition, lifestyle, and goals. Treatment may include one or more of the following interventions:
Your initial visit begins with a supportive conversation with your physical therapist so they can understand how your condition is affecting your life. Your PT will take a detailed history and review any imaging or post-operative reports. They will also complete a thorough assessment, including physical measurements of your jaw, as well as examining your neck and posture to understand your condition in a holistic manner. Your PT will then craft an individualized treatment program designed to reach your goals for optimal function
Innova's clinicians are highly trained and passionate about helping people improve their lives. Together we can Restore, Revitalize and Renew your body.