Temporomandibular Joint Therapy

Foothill Physical Therapy offers specific intervention for problems at the Temporomandibular Joint.

Symptoms that may indicate a dysfunction at the TMJ may include:

  • Jaw and/or Facial Pain
  • Jaw Popping
  • Headaches
  • Neck Pain and/or Stiffness
  • Ear Pain and/or Ringing in The Ears
  • Limited Mouth Opening or Lock Jaw
  • Grinding or Clenching of the Teeth
  • Tooth Sensitivity

These symptoms may arise due to:

  • Abnormal resting position of the teeth and/or faulty bite pattern identified by your dentist.
  • Poor posture.
  • Stress or excessive muscle tension.
  • Muscle or joint imbalances of the head, neck, or trunk.
  • Trauma.
  • Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, as well as other systemic inflammatory conditions.

Treatment options may include:

  • Joint Mobilization for Limited Joint Mobility
  • Ultrasound
  • Phonophoresis
  • Iontophoresis
  • Ice/Heat
  • TENS
  • Education
  • Recommendations for Oral Appliance
  • Biofeedback