Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
The Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ is the joint where the jaw bone connects to your skull. The TMJ is the most used joint of the body, and therefore more likely prone to injury. Injuries to the joint called temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) are caused by a dysfunction of the mechanics of this joint, and can lead to clicking sounds and limitations when opening or closing the jaw, heachaches, and even neck pain. There are many possible causes for TMD including Bruxism, dental occlusion, or stress. Many times the pain comes from habits they have formed and not realized. Nail biting, gum chewing, and grinding of teeth. Elevate PT therapists are trained to not only identify the causes and stages of jaw dysfunction, but also to provide ways to fix the root cause. Jaw pain can be both painful and limiting, but treatment can help to restore the joint and alleviate pain.