The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at University Hospital offers a program designed to treat Temporalmandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. The TMJs are located on either side of the face where the jawbone connects with the skull.
TMJ dysfunction is a class of disorders of these joints that result in symptoms ranging from clicking or popping of the jaw with movement, to pain or limited jaw movement. This may cause difficulties with eating or talking.
Following an examination by a skilled therapist of the Temporalmandibular Joint and adjacent cervical spine, an individualized treatment program is initiated. Treatments may include massage, soft tissue mobilizations, ROM exercises, and modalities for pain control. The focus of these treatments is either the myofascial component or the soft tissue restrictions usually present with TMD. Goals for the treatment are patient specific and incorporate an individual's needs, but generally focus on increasing ROM and decreasing pain. The treatments are painless and effective in many cases, making more invasive treatments unnecessary. The treatments are a useful adjunct to intra-oral appliances.
A physician's referral is required for evaluation and treatment within this program. Services are provided at the Institute for Human Performance. Call 464-1900 for an appointment.