New York City’s TMJ Experts
When your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and its surrounding muscles are healthy, your lower jaw moves efficiently for talking, biting, and chewing. Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) can result from grinding your teeth, biting your nails, poor posture, or a misaligned bite. TMJ can also impact other areas of your mouth and create stiffness in your jaw, temples, or ears, and a loss of jaw range of motion. Many patients also complain of clicking or cracking while opening or closing their mouths. At Pivotal Physical Therapy, we specialize in returning a range of motion to your jaw without creating pain or discomfort. No matter your age or your health, we’ll ensure you feel relief.
Symptoms of TMJ and TMD Dysfunction
The causes of TMJ or TMD disorder can range from genetics to arthritis to a jaw injury. The symptoms, however, are quite common and can be summarized as:
- Jaw pain or tenderness
- Pain in your temporomandibular joints
- Aching pain in and around your ears
- Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
- Aching facial pain
- Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
- A clicking sound or grating sensation when opening your mouth
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek treatment as quickly as possible. We can diagnose the discomfort you’re feeling and offer quality therapies that will relieve your pain. Don’t let TMJ and TMD adversely affect your quality of life. Contact our team today to schedule an appointment.
Effective TMJ Treatments
Whether your symptoms of TMJ stem from poor posture, muscular tension, joint stiffness, or disc compression, we offer exceptional therapies, treatments, and medications that will relieve your symptoms and help you better manage your pain. Common therapies we offer in our clinic include:
- Targeted massage of your jaw and neck muscles
- Muscle realignment and re-education
- Prescribed pain relievers, muscle relaxants, and anti-inflammatories
- Mouth guards (occlusal appliances)
- Ambulatory counseling
- and more
We’ll help you understand what’s causing the discomfort, how best to avoid it, and how to live an active lifestyle with as little discomfort as possible. We have over 30 years of experience providing TMJ relief to our patients, and we’ll strive to give you quality care and real results. At Pivotal Physical Therapy, you can count on personalized care, quality treatments, and the highest level of service.