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Physical Therapy for TMJ Ashburn, VA

Physical Therapy for TMJ Ashburn, VA

TMJ, which is short for TemporoMandibular Joint disorder, is quite common in people of every age. Why is TMJ so common? People with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis are more likely to have jaw pain. Jaw injury is a common sports injury, and car or motorcycle accidents frequently injure jaws. Some TMJ is a result of stress that causes grinding or clenching of the teeth over a long time. No matter the reason, State of the Art Physical Therapy can help you with TMJ Physical Therapy in Ashburn, VA.

TMJ Symptoms

Symptoms vary from patient to patient, but most have several from this list.

  • Jaw pain
  • Inability to open the mouth all the way
  • Crackling or popping noises as the jaw moves 
  • Jaw dislocations or partial dislocations 
  • Earaches
  • Mouth pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness 
  • Difficulties swallowing

Your physical therapist at State of the Art Physical Therapy in Ashburn, VA, considers your specific list of symptoms to determine the best combination of TMJ Exercises and Physical Therapy treatments. 

TMJ Causes

You may remember the precise moment your TMJ problem started. Perhaps you took a blow to the face in a sports game, were in a car accident, or had some extensive dental work. Or maybe your TMJ crept up over time from clenching your teeth or grinding while you sleep. Many cases come from face and neck tension caused by working long hours in front of a computer or using a smartphone or from living with long-term stress. Your stressful job could be the root cause of your TMJ.

TMJ Physical Therapy in Ashburn, VA

Physical therapists at State of the Art Physical Therapy, begin with a thorough evaluation of your TMJ. If you were in a recent accident, your treatment might be different than if your symptoms increased over time from having a stressful job or grinding your teeth. Every case is unique, so you need a comprehensive assessment to determine the best course of treatment. 

Contact State of the Art Physical Therapy for an assessment for TMJ Therapy in Ashburn, VA.

TMJ Therapy FAQs 

What is TMJ Therapy?

TMJ physical therapy combines various treatment techniques that improve jaw joint motion and reduce stiffness in the muscles. Therapies release trigger points around the jaw to alleviate pain and stress and interrupt the tension cycle. 

Can Physical Therapy Help TMJ?

Yes. Physical therapy for TMJ is helpful. A physical therapist determines the cause of TMJ pain and uses hands-on and other therapies to improve the movement patterns of the jaw. These non-invasive treatments decrease pain and restore natural jaw movement.

How Much Does TMJ Therapy Cost? 

TMJ therapy sessions typically cost the same as other physical therapy treatments. TMJ often improves after just one session, but most patients experience full recovery within 8 to 12 weeks. 

Does Insurance Cover TMJ Therapy?

Frequently patients with medical insurance coverage find TMJ physical therapy treatments are covered on their plan. Chances are, if your insurance covers physical therapy, it will cover physical therapy for TMJ.

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