Jaw & Facial Pain

New solutions for an old problem.

Understanding a Complex Interaction

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a condition of the jaw muscles, temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and/or the nerves associated with chronic or acute facial pain.  Classifications of TMD include myofascial pain, internal derangement of the joint and degenerative joint disease. TMD can be caused by poor posture habits, trauma, surgery, chronic jaw clenching (bruxism), malalignment of the teeth (malocclusion), trismus, arthritis or disc displacement. Common symptoms may include jaw discomfort, headaches, radiating or referral pain to the eyes, face, shoulder and/or neck, earaches or ringing in the ears, clicking or popping of the jaw, asymmetries in the jaw’s contact with the teeth, dizziness and locking episodes. When these symptoms occur, the natural function of the jaw is impacted and activities of daily living may be compromised (chewing, talking, yawning, swallowing, oral hygiene).

Treating TMD

Physical therapy has been shown to be an effective method to treating and relieving pain and discomfort, increasing range of motion and returning patients back to their activities of daily living. At Concorde Therapy Group, you will get personalized care through a thorough evaluation and one on one treatment sessions in order to meet your specific goals. A physical therapist will analyze and assess your neck and jaw to determine the cause of your symptoms. Treatment options may include manual therapy through soft tissue mobilization and joint mobilization, ultrasound therapy, dry needling, electrical stimulation, exercise and an individualized home exercise program to gear patients towards independent management of their symptoms.