What You Need To Know About TMD Pain

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What You Need To Know About TMD Pain

TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorders. Because that doesn’t quite roll off of the tongue, we are going to stick with the abbreviation TMD. These disorders impact around 25 percent of the population, but few know they have it or seek treatment. Because of this, we are going to give you a brief overview of this pain and how Core PT can help you to feel your best!


What is TMD?

The temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. These are located at the front of each ear. This joint is what enables you to open and close your mouth. You use this every time you eat and speak. The disorders of this joint causes pain upon use.


How do I know if I have it?

As mentioned previously, many do not realize that they have this disorder. Some signs you might have TMD include:

  • Stiffness in the jaw
  • Jaw clicking
  • Headache
  • Ear pain
  • Swelling on the sides of the face


What can cause it?

Unfortunately, the direct cause of TMD is still unknown. However, we believe there are a variety of factors that can cause it. This includes: teeth grinding, posture, stress, gum chewing or arthritis.


Can physical therapy help me?

Physical therapy can be extremely helpful in the treatment of TMD. The therapists may help you improve your posture, as poor facial posture may increase stress on the joint. They will also work with you to improve how your jaw moves. They do this through what is called manual therapy. PTs work on stretching the jaw to improve joint function and muscle flexibility. It may even help to break up the scar tissue built up from an injury. Your therapist will work with you to show you movements you can practice at home to strengthen muscles, alleviate and prevent pain.


At Core PT, we’re here to help you be a happier, healthier version of you. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, make an appointment with us today! In the state of Iowa, most insurance programs don’t require that you see a doctor before making an appointment with a physical therapist, so see us today!



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