TMJ in Moorestown - Strive Sports Rehab and Aquatic Center at the Field House
Temporomandibular disorder (TMD), is a term that describes an entire group of disorders involving one or more of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
The TMJ is the main joint of the jaw. There is one on each side of your head that consists of:
- muscles that control joint movement,
- ligaments that hold the bones together,
- cartilage that provides a smooth surface for the bones to move on,
- a disc that helps with proper movement of the bones,
- elastic tissue that helps hold the disc in place
One or more of the above tissues can cause symptoms.
How can physical therapy help TMD?
Since physical therapists treat muscle and joint problems, they are ideally suited to address a TMD. The majority of patients diagnosed with TMD also have associated neck pain along with postural issues. Patients respond well to treatment provided by a physical therapist. No other healthcare practitioner is better suited to address both the TMD directly and the surrounding areas that may be contributing to their pain.