Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) can result in mild facial discomfort to incapacitating facial, headache, neck, ear, and occasional top of the shoulder pain. Most patients will notice a clicking or grinding in the jaw joint with or without pain upon opening and/or closing of the mouth. This can progress to an actual loss of mouth opening sometimes so severe that it is difficult to get food into the mouth. The most common reasons (but not limited to) for TMD are: clenching, grinding, or bruxing the teeth at night and even during the day, direct trauma to the jaw, face, head, and/or neck, procedures that require the mouth to be open for an extended period of time, rheumatoid arthritis, and pregnancy.
At Calaveras Physical Therapy, we have therapists that specialize in the evaluation and treatment of TMD. We have been extremely successful in returning these patients to full function and a pain-free status.