Physical Therapy in Clermont and Ocoee, FL is Now Offering Revolutionary Treatment for Pain, Injury and Weakness
The TMJ joint is the connection between the lower jaw bone, known as the Mandible, and the skull. It is the most active joint in the body as it is involved in talking, chewing, breathing, and yawning, and is estimated to be activated between 2,000 and 3,000 times per day. Due to this high amount of activity, the TMJ joint is prone to overuse and injury.
Dysfunction of the TMJ can lead to mild to severe pain around the joint (just in front of the ear), popping or clicking when opening the mouth, and abnormal movements or restricted motion of the jaw.
There are several ways the TMJ can become injured or dysfunctional. A traumatic injury, such as a blow to the face or a fall can result in disruption of the normal function of the TMJ joint. This type of injury can lead to a fracture of the jaw bone and in more severe cases can require surgery to correct.
Another common disorder involves the muscles that act upon the jaw and skull. Activities or habits such as grinding/clenching teeth, chewing gum or tacky candies, high stress levels, and even poor posture can cause these muscles to become dysfunctional and can lead to a TMJ disorder.
The third most common cause is a condition known as an internal derangement or a disc disorder. Between the surface of the jaw bone and the skull lies a small, concave shaped disc. The purpose of this disc is to help produce smooth, pain-free motion of the jaw as well as decreasing the compressive forces between the Mandible and skull. Occasionally this disc can become dislodged or stuck, which can lead to an inability to open the mouth.
Common signs of a disc disorders is a loud pop when opening the mouth, often followed by a smaller click when closing. In more severe cases, there may be no pop or click but the person is unable to open the mouth wider than a few centimeters.
Physical Therapy treatment is extremely helpful in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders. Through proper stretching, strengthening, and use of modalities to control pain and swelling, we are able to correct the disorder and return the TMJ to normal function. Most of our patients experience a complete resolution of symptoms and full restoration of jaw function and motion in 4-8 visits!
We treat TMJ disorders in our Clermont 34711 and Ocoee 34761 offices. Call today to reserve your appointment (855)404-6908.