The TMJ refers to the jaw and is the primary joint that contributes to opening and closing of the mouth. Those with TMJ typically demonstrate clicking or popping in their jaw with yawning, eating, or sometimes speaking. Sometimes the patient is unable to open the mouth symmetrically, and even more rarely the jaw can become locked in the open position. In the US, 20-25% of the population has these symptoms which can contribute to headaches, facial pain and difficulty chewing food.
- Pain near the ear or on the side of face
- Inability to open or close the mouth
- Popping or clicking sounds
- Difficulty chewing
- Apply moist heat/cold packs to area
- Eat soft food
- Wearing a night guard
- Relaxation techniques for tight shoulder and neck muscles
- Physical Therapy
Physical therapist can teach techniques to improve pain and the way the jaw moves. Physical therapists can also utilize modalities including electric stimulation and laser to improve pain.
We treat TMJ in the Clermont 34711 area!