TMD Pain Screener

  • 3. In the last 30 days, did the following activities change any pain (that is, make it better or make it worse) in your jaw or temple area on either side?
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Temporomandibular Disorder

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is used throughout the day to move the jaw, especially in biting and chewing, talking, and yawning. It is one of the most frequently used joints of the body.

Temporomandibular disorder, is a term that refers to acute or chronic inflammation of the TMJ. The disorder can result in significant pain and impairment.

Symptoms (patients may experience multiple symptoms):

  • Headaches
  • Upper neck pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Lower jaw pain
  • Upper jaw pain
  • Pain in the joint where the lower and upper jaw meet
  • Clicking or locking of jaw
  • Dislocated jaw
  • Displaced disc
  • Ringing in ears
  • Dizziness/Feeling of imbalance

Physician, Dentist or Orthodontist May Diagnose:

  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic Arthritis (i.e., Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, etc.)
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Reiter’s Disease

Athletico Physical Therapy Options:

When working with an Athletico Physical Therapist, each patient is assessed to create an individualized treatment plan. For jaw pain, temporomandibular disorder physical therapy treatment can include:

  • Manual Therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory modalities; application of heat or cold
  • Posture correction
  • Therapeautic exercises to strengthen and increase motion of the affected area
  • Modifications to physical activity and diet
  • Visual tracking and balance exercises
  • Additional options to decrease muscle tensions around jaw, upper neck, and face

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