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physical therapist doing temporalmandibular measurement with patient

Temporalmandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction Therapy

Upstate Regional Rehabilitation Centers at IHP
Institute For Human Performance (IHP)
1st Fl.
505 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
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Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours:Mon. Wed. Fri. - 7am-4:30pm; Tues. Thurs. - 7am-6pm

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at University Hospital offers a program designed to treat Temporomandibular 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 by a skilled therapist of the Temporomandibular Joint and adjacent cervical spine, an individualized treatment program is initiated. Treatments may include massage, soft tissue mobilizations, ROM exercises, and modalities for pain control. The focus of these treatments is either the myofascial component or the soft tissue restrictions usually present with TMD. Goals for the treatment are patient-specific and incorporate an individual's needs, but generally focus on increasing ROM and decreasing pain. 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.  Services are provided at the Institute for Human Performance.  Call 464-1900 for an appointment.