Capital Area Physical Therapy in Malta and Queensbury, NY offers evidence based approach to assessing and treating problems with the TMJ/Jaw pain, and all associated problems.
The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the most frequently used joint in the body, averaging 1500-2000x repetitions per day. TMJ problems tend to occur from either a trauma (whip lash or direct blow to the jaw), or wear and tear from TMJ dysfunction (posture, muscle tension, tightness, position or control problems) or disease.
Common TMJ dysfunction symptoms
- Jaw or facial pain
- Limited Jaw Opening
- Jaw deviations/asymmetry
- Joint noises (even without pain)
- Difficulty chewing, speaking, or swallowing
- Ear symptoms (ringing, earaches, congestion)
- Neck pain
- Psychological affects (anxiety/depression, chronic pain)
Role of the Physical Therapist at Capital Area PT
- Address the root cause of the patient’s complaints based on an in-depth examination
- Promote proper oral habits, diet, posture, and position of the head, neck and TMJ
- Empower the patient with a home program that reduces fear/avoidance
- Address all associated symptoms/conditions
- Promote long term mindfulness and compliance
- Teach joint protection techniques
What will we look for during our assessment?
Motion: Quality and quantity of the motion around the TMJ, head, upper and lower neck, shoulders, upper back/thoracic spine, lower back and pelvis
Joint mechanics: looking for joint problems, asymmetries, positioning
Soft tissue: muscle use, tone/tightness, length and flexibility
Posture: positional assessment, differences from side-side, front-back
Muscle Control: ensuring proper muscle timing and firing patterns
Breathing: habits, quality of breathing patterns
What makes Capital Area Physical Therapy and Wellness the right choice?
Our therapists, including a board certified orthopedic specialist, are trained in TMJ and cervical assessment and treatment, making them uniquely qualified to assist with this problem.
We believe in a holistic approach that empower patients to manage their own well-being including:
- Manual therapy/instrument assisted manual therapy
- Therapeutic pain neuroscience
- Education and relaxation techniques
- Simple easy to perform exercises
We have on site massage therapists who can assist in TMJ treatment as needed (not covered by insurance).
We are highly equipped to handle post operative patients.
Treatment is covered by insurance. No referral necessary for most insurance, or you can ask your doctor or dentist for a referral
You can also ask your dentist for a TMJ quick screen to assess for possible dysfunction:
Capital Area Physical Therapy and Wellness