Craniofacial Pain & TMJ (Jaw Pain)
TMD, known as temporomandibular disorder is the medical term for jaw pain. Research shows that some patients live with TMD for years before it becomes painful enough to seek help. Some suffer from the problem suddenly usually by trauma or a blow to the head, face, neck, or mouth.
Frequent headaches along with neck and shoulder pain are common signs of TMD. Other common signs are clicking or popping in your jaw, pain with chewing or yawning, grinding or clenching your teeth, worn teeth, your teeth do no touch when you bite, & stiffness in your jaw making it difficult to open and close your mouth.
TMD is best treated by a professional physical therapist by addressing both the head and neck simultaneously, treating muscles as well as joints, and applying specific exercises, often in conjunction with a dental appliance.
Craniofacial pain refers to both the TMJ and any pain in the facial region. Craniofacial treatment can benefit the following:
- Sinus pain
- Ear pain
- Jaw pain
- Following facial surgery
- Athletics which cause frequent trauma to the face:
boxing & mixed martial arts.
If you are looking for a solution to your TMD and need a professional physical therapist in Denver, please contact us today.