TMJ Therapy Specialist

Fyzical PT Center

Emily Rade, DPT

Therapy and Balance Center located in Plantation, FL

If TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, disorders cause pain in your neck, face, or jaw, you don’t have to suffer through it or undergo invasive surgery. At Fyzical PT Center, located in Plantation, Florida, Dr. Emily Rade uses a variety of manipulation and stretching techniques to reduce TMJ pain and restore your quality of life. Call to learn more, or book an appointment online today.

TMJ Therapy Q & A

What are TMJ disorders?

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders may affect more than 10 million Americans at any given time. They lead to pain or loss of function in your jaw joints and surrounding muscles, and cause problems when you yawn, chew, and talk. Symptoms of TMJ disorders include:

  • Pain in your face, jaw, or neck
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Locking or popping in your jaw
  • Stiff jaw muscles
  • Misalignment in your upper and lower teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or pain upon chewing

 

In some cases pain near your jaw goes away on its own or with noninvasive treatment, such as physical therapy, without the need for surgery. In more advanced, severe stages of TMJ disorders, your doctor may prescribe pain medication or recommend surgery.

What causes TMJ disorders?

A variety of factors can lead to TMJ problems, including:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis, or normal wear and tear
  • Jaw injuries
  • Clenching or grinding of teeth
  • Connective tissue diseases

 

Taking care of your mouth and jaw, such as wearing a mouthguard at night if you grind your teeth, may prevent TMJ problems from occurring. However, you can’t always prevent this debilitating condition.

What is the treatment for TMJ disorders?

Dr. Rade uses a variety of noninvasive physical therapy techniques to ease TMJ symptoms without the need for pain medicine or invasive surgery, such as:

Manual therapy

To relieve muscle tension in your neck and jaw, Dr. Rade performs manual therapy, including myofascial release, other forms of massage, and manual manipulation. Using these techniques helps prevent your jaw from tensing up and the jaw pain associated with it.

Stretching and strengthening exercises

Dr. Rade helps you complete various jaw and neck stretches that alleviate soreness and tension that exacerbates TMJ pain. She shows you which facial muscle strengthening exercises help alleviate TMJ symptoms.

Postural re-education

Sometimes poor posture causes TMJ pain. Dr. Rade works with you to improve posture using numerous breathing, stretching, and strengthening exercises that make it easier to sit and stand up straight.

Heat or cold therapy

Dr. Rade educates you about how heat or ice therapy alleviates TMJ symptoms. Heat and cold treatment used in conjunction with physical therapy is often effective for reducing or eliminating TMJ pain.

Mouthguards for teeth grinding

If clenching your jaw or grinding teeth at night contributes to TMJ pain, wearing a mouthguard when you sleep prevents TMJ symptoms from progressing and may eliminate discomfort entirely.

When you’re ready to ease TMJ pain and dysfunction without pain medicines or surgery, call Fyzical PT Center to schedule an appointment, or book one online with Dr. Rade today.