In TMJ, temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull becomes painful. This can be on one or both sides. Signs of this condition include jaw/facial pain, neck/shoulder pain that extends to the head, popping or clicking sounds with mouth movement, limited ability to open the mouth, the jaw locking in either an open or closed position, swelling on the side of the face, and persistent headache.
Physical Therapy Treatment Plan: After careful evaluation by the physical therapist, the first step in treating this condition is to reduce pain, swelling, muscle spasms, and increase range of motion.
Treatments may include: ice/heat, phonophoresis, iontophoresis, TENS, massage, mobilization techniques, and isometric exercises.
After your initial prescription for physical therapy is completed, your physician and physical therapist will decide if you need to continue physical therapy or if you will be discharged to a home exercise program.
This information is provided as a learning resource for the benefit of our patients. It is NOT INTENDED to replace personal consultation with your medical professionals.