275 Madison E 40th St.

Contact: 212-986-3888

275 Madison E 40th St.

Contact: 212-986-3888

TMJ – the temporomandibular joint – is a hinge connecting the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. The temporal bones are in front of each ear. This joint (the TMJ) moves the jaw up and down – as well as from side to side – for talking, chewing, yawning, and other facial expression.

Experiencing TMJ Symptoms

TMD – temporomandibular disorders – are problems with the jaw and the face muscles controlling the TMJ.

  • TMD is frequently referred to as TMJ
  • TMJ is the joint
  • TMD is the problem

When the TMJ fails to facilitate motion of the jaw, the ligaments holding the temporal bones are damaged. This causes disorders resulting in the dislocation of the cartilage disc in between the temporal bones resulting in an uneven movement of the lower jaw and pain of the TMJ.

Common Symptoms of TMJ

TMJ causes severe pain and discomfort – temporary – or lasting years. It can affect one or both sides of the face. Typically, more women than men suffer from TMJ, and it afflicts people between the ages of 20 and 40.

  • Difficulty opening mouth wide
  • Stuck or locked jaws in open- or close-mouth position
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw when opening mouth or chewing – with or without pain
  • A feeling of tiredness in the face
  • Trouble chewing – sudden uncomfortable bite when the upper and lower teeth do not come together properly
  • Swelling on the side of the face

Other Symptoms of Pain and Discomfort from TMJ

  • Toothaches or teeth sensitivity
  • Headaches
  • Neck aches
  • Dizziness
  • Earaches
  • Hearing problems
  • Upper shoulder pain
  • Ringing in the ears – tinnitus

Convenient Hours

Discover convenient and cost-effective physical therapy treatment to alleviate your symptoms of TMJ within the warm and inviting spa-like environment at Spine and Sports Medicine.

In addition to the most advanced physical therapy treatment modalities, we offer off-hours for scheduling appointments, including selected evenings throughout the work week and mornings or afternoons on Saturdays.

Out-of-Network Insurance Benefits

At Spine and Sports Medicine, there is no requirement for you to obtain an outside primary physician referral to have the cost of your TMJ pain treatment covered by your medical insurance policy. Most PPOs have out-of-network benefits allowing insurance coverage for doctor’s not listed in your insurer’s directory. The insurance experts at Spine and Sports Medicine will help you to determine your coverage and assist in processing your claims.

Guide to Pain Relief

Please click the icon below to download Dr. Brian Kessler’s complimentary eBook – Guide to Pain Relief – or call 212.986.3888 to schedule a consultation.

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