The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at University Hospital offers a program designed to treat temporalmandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. The TMJs are located on either side of the face where the jawbone connects with the skull.
TMJ dysfunction is a class of disorders of these joints that result in symptoms ranging from clicking or popping of the jaw with movement, to pain or limited jaw movement. This may cause difficulties with eating or talking.
Following an examination of the TMJ, by a skilled therapist, an individualized treatment program is initiated. The focus of these treatments includes the myofascial component or the soft tissue restrictions which may be present with TMJ disorders. Goals for the treatment are patient specific and incorporate an individual's needs. The treatments are painless and effective in many cases, making more invasive treatments unnecessary. The treatments are a useful adjunct to intra-oral appliances.A physician's referral is required for evaluation and treatment within this program.