What does physical therapy for TMJ entail?

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PT for TMJ. A physical therapist can develop a program for you that includes learning and practicing non-invasive jaw stretching and other techniques for regaining normal jaw movement.
A few ideas. Physical therapy can be a helpful adjunct to TMJ treatment. Modalities includeervical mobilization exercises, TMJ mobility exercises, TMJ stability exercises, ultrasound, electrogalvanic stimulation, TENS, cold laser, iontophoresis, massage and more.
Helps With Pain. It is very important keep in mind that TMJ physical therapy was designed to reduce symptoms of tmj, physical therapy by itself cannot cure the TMJ problem. Some include cervical mobilization exercises, TMJ mobility exercises, TMJ stability exercises, etc. On the whole, these exercises form a thorough program for people experiencing TMJ disorder pain.
PT varies. Physical therapy for TMJ should be used with caution and a sufferer should really be evaluated prior to using home remedies. The cause (source,) duration and severity of the tmj/tmd symptoms must be understood to know what pt can be most effective. Pt and its effects varies from person to person and can also vary from days to months. See a specialist and take the guessing away.

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Will physical therapy help my tmj?

Yes, short term. Pt is a great adjunct to treatment that relaxes muscles. The problem is that a failure to correct the bite to support that muscle relaxation allows the muscles to quickly assume their original tense state.
Possibly. Pt can help, but often in conjunction with a oral appliance and the supervision of a dentist/tmj specialist. A TMJ doctor will often use some pt in their office- tens, ultrasound, exercises and work along with a physical therapist.
Often. Often it will help, especially in conjunction with other modalities of treatment.

Is it true that once your TMJ go into spasm you can never get it out. ..Despite treatment and physical therapy?

Not correct. It is the muscles around the joint that are in spasm. Just like any other muscle in your body, these muscles can recover. You need to find out why they are in spasm and see what you need to do to correct the problem. A dentist will be able to help you with that.
No. That is fortunately not correct. With proper diagnosis first followed with proper treatment most TMJ muscle related problems will go away. The key is proper diagnosis. With basic muscle spasm the doctor must check the bite and deprogram the muscles with splint and phyical therapy.
Not at all! Although earlier attempts to cure bruxism have ranged from sound alarms, electrical stimulation, psychotherapy, hypnosis, & drugs, we can now recommend simple, effective dental solutions like an oral appliance. Some act like a crutch to rest the jaw joints while others encourage a natural reflex that stops your jaw automatically to protect your teeth & jaw joints. See a prosthodontist for help.
No!!! Most TMD can be successfully treated. See a TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.
See OFP specialist. The secret of success in treating pain and TMJ syndromes is proper diagnosis. See an Orofacial Pain specialist for conservative and predictable treatment.

How to deal with TMJ after already having braces for over 3 years and physical therapy?

See a specialist. You may need to see a tmj/tmd specialist or get a second opinion. Not all cases can be resolved, but hopefully can be improved upon. Don't wait...You should be seen asap.
Wrong Position. Orthodontics that support the wrong jaw position can help cause joint injury. Find the best functional bite position and then see about treating the bite, joints, muscle and head and neck associations to the best functional relationship.
Too long. As an adult 3 years of orthodontic treatment is too long. It is likely that an orthopedic problem is being approached by orthodontics alone, and by now you must discuss with your doctor other remedies, such as orthognathic surgery.
Braces not answer. I'm surprised the number of orthodontists that treat TMD with braces and expect a good result. You may have to start from scratch with a TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.

What else can I do with my TMJ? I have a splint and had physical therapy, but is there anything I can do that can take away the pain fully?

Yes. Splint and physical therapy are part of the treatment not all the treatment. You should have a full and detailed examination for full assessment if the situation. Apparently you are having an acute closed lock. A well trained dentist in that field could unlock it for you. Have they ever tried to inject the TMJ with %1 Carbocaine. No Epinephrine. And manually unlock it for you.
TMJ expert. Quality of TMJ care related to expertise of TMJ doc. See an expert. If you are seeing an expert, get another openion. Occasionally surgery is needed.
OFP specialist ASAP. The Orofacial Pain specialists provide diagnosis and treatment of pain in the head, face and TMJ. They are the experts in TMJ and chronic pain field. If left untreated, TMJ disorders can lead to serious health issues.

Can physical therapy to treat TMJ actually work when there is already bone necrosis?

Not directly. Be sure you have an exact diagnosis from an oral maxellfacial surgeon and a possible cause most TMJ problems are malalignment and proper splinting is advised the exercise can be implemented. But a therapist is best to work with.
Difficult to answer. Really depends on the extend and cause of the bone necrosis.
DJD. Unlikely necrosis, must likely degenerative joint disease. Physical therapy often very helpful here. See a TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.

Will physical therapy to treat TMJ actually work when there is already bone necrosis?

Depends. What is the goal of the physical therapy. Is it to replace a displaced cartladge? Is it to restore motion in the jaw (opening wider)? Is it to for pain relief? Other issues? If there is necrosis, there are major issues in the joint. You should see a reputable ent/oral surgeon/dentist/orthodontist who specializes in this area and if need be get several opinions. This is difficult!
TMJ necrosis. It is not uncommon to see boney changes in the tmjs, even in people with no pain or dysfunction. I'm not clear on whay is meant by necrosis, but if the boney changes are what is commonly normal adaptive wear, then physical therapy modalities can be usefull for decreasing pain and increasing functional movements.
Helps With Pain. It is very important keep in mind that TMJ physical therapy was designed to reduce symptoms of tmj, physical therapy by itself cannot cure the TMJ problem. However, reversing necrosis is not likely. Some include cervical mobilization exercises, TMJ mobility exercises, TMJ stability exercises, etc. On the whole, these exercises form a thorough program for people experiencing TMJ disorder pain.
Seperate but related. A joint that has bone necrosis is in late stage joint derangement. When the joint is dysfunction the muscles that move the joint are compromised. The physical therapy would address the muscle problem, but it will provide limited results if you do not address/correct the internal joint injury/damage.
Not likley necrosis. Bone necrosis means dead bone. Don't get dead bone in routine TMD, you get various stages of degenerative bone disease. Physical therapy often helpful, reversible treatment. Harmless. Most important see TMJ expert. Any dentist can be TMJ expert with proper training/experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and dental society.

I suffered minor neck injury on vacation from whiplash when I fell off a stand up paddle board. It made my TMJ worse. I went to ENT recently and was given mouth-guard and referral for physical therapy at kaiser. After returning from trip What led me to d

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TMJ pain. I am not certain what the nature of your TMJ pain is, or exactly what your question is please restate you concern. But k ow that there are dentist that are trained to treat TMJ problems and this may be the direction for you to go.
TMJ disorder. Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. In many cases due to whiplash. Earache, clicking and popping, headache and jaw pain are common symptoms. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management of the TMJ.
Question. Your question was cut off. Please rephrase. Also, see your Dentist re: determining and treating cause of TMJ dysfunction, not just the symptoms.
Consult oral surgeon. Oral surgeon can evaluate & treat you better than ENT as oral surgeon has more experience in treating TMJ problems. The three important factors that work in co-ordination are TMJ, muscles of mastication & occlusion of teeth. Hence oral surgeons or TMJ specialists understand & treat such problems better. Sometimes they do work with ENT doctors if the case is more complex.
TMJ is muscular. Many cases of TMJ involve a muscular component and need therapy for trigger points once activated. We find that the teeth must be disengaged and the temporomandibular joint protected from pressure at the same time. A dentist needs to be involved in your care.
Incomplete question. Sorry can not answer incomplete question. Good luck.
Best guessing here. I cannot see the entire question. See a Prosthodontist to evaluate your bite, joints, muscles, etc. And to adjust or remake the occlusal guard. They are the experts and can team up with other specialists if you need them. Good Luck.
Could not read ur? Sorry, but your post was cut off. I could not see what your question was.
See oral surgeon. Have the TMJ diagnosed by a dentist or oral surgeon and have them deal with the TMJ problems not the ENT. Through radiographic shots of the condyle, it will be determined if damage is done, or that a occusal guard and time is the correct treatment.
See a TMJ doc. A work-up will be done that will serve as diagnostic tool to help identify the TMJ condition. Your dentist will work with your EENT.
Further evaluation. You may need to be evaluated by a dentist specializing in TMJ injuries and disorders to have specialized x-rays and tests of the joints.
TMJ expert. Your case is complex. Your TMJ needs to be managed by a TMJ specialist. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.