TMJD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) is a term used to describe symptoms that occur in the jaw area and limit the natural functions of the jaw. It is reported that it affects more than 10 million people in the US. Some of the most common symptoms can be a “clicking” or “popping” noise when you open/close your jaw. Jaw tenderness or the inability to open/close your jaw are also common symptoms of TMJ dysfunction. These symptoms usually occur secondary to dysfunction or issues involving the muscles that move your jaw. Most commonly, it arises from blunt trauma, degenerative changes, or an improper bite.
Physical therapy is often prescribed to help reduce muscle tension through a hands-on approach, restore movement through mobilizations, and help the pain through therapeutic exercise. Some of these include dry needling and manual therapy.