TMJ pain treatment

If you experience jaw pain caused by a TMJ disorder, turn to the experienced physical therapists at ProHealth Care for nonsurgical treatments that help you feel better.

What’s TMJ?

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your jaw to the side of your head. It’s the most constantly used joint in your body.

Symptoms of TMJ problems

Ask for an evaluation for temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) if you experience:

  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Headaches
  • Popping or clicking sounds in your jaw
  • Pain in your jaw, cheeks, ears and/or neck
  • Tired feeling in your jaw
Woman rubbing her jaw in pain.

Emergency care

Jaw pain also can be a symptom of heart attack. Call 9-1-1 right away if jaw pain is accompanied by:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness or pain in your left arm
  • Nausea

Your first appointment

Your physical therapist (PT) will start by:

  • Reviewing your medical history.
  • Asking about your symptoms.
  • Checking your posture.
  • Examining your jaw to see how well it moves and works.

Then, you’ll work together to create a personalized care plan to decrease pain in your jaw and neck. If it looks like your pain is caused by teeth alignment, your PT may refer you to a dentist.

Treatment options

Your TMJ care plan may include:

  • Biofeedback therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Education on body mechanics (how our bodies move) and body posture
  • Heat or cold therapy
  • Exercises
  • Manual therapy
  • Tips to relieve stress on your jaw and protect your joint

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Make an appointment

Call 262-928-8830 to make an appointment with a ProHealth Care physical therapist – no referral necessary. Same-day and next-day appointments are available in some locations.

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