Treatment for Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD)

We provide treatment for problems with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders and the surrounding structures. These problems occur as problems with the jaw, the jaw joint, and the surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and other jaw movements.

The cause of TMD isn’t clear, but may be a result of:

  • Injury to the jaw, TMJ, or muscles of the head and neck from a blow to the head or whiplash.
  • Extensive teeth grinding or clenching.
  • The dislocation of the soft cushion between the ball and socket of the TMJ.
  • Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ.
  • Stress, which can cause a person to tighten their facial muscles or clench their teeth.

Symptoms of TMD include:

  • Pain in the jaw, face, neck and shoulders, or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide.
  • Reduced ability to open your mouth wide.
  • Jaw that gets stuck or locked open or closed.
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint.
  • Difficulty chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite, as though your teeth aren’t fitting together properly.
  • Headaches.
  • Upper shoulder pain.
  • Tinnitis (ringing in the ear).

Get relief from TMD with treatment from Fort Collins Physical Therapy and Sports Center. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.