Pain in this area is not a signal of a serious problem. Generally, discomfort is occasional and temporary and will go away with little or no treatment.
Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called TMJ, are a group of painful conditions that affect the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movements. Injury plays a role in some TMJ problems, but for many people, symptoms seem to start without obvious reason.
Even if symptoms persist, most patients still do not need aggressive types of treatment. We'll start out with:
• Manual therapy
• Jaw stabilization exercises
• Functional training
• Tissue massage
• Tendon treatment
Because there is no certified specialty for TMJ disorders in either dentistry or medicine, finding the right care can be difficult. Talk to your doctor or dentist to see if a referral may be right for you.
We are health care providers who understand musculoskeletal disorders (affecting muscle, bone, and joints) and are trained in treating this painful condition.