Therapy Plus | UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids

Pain at the Jaw (TMJ) Treatment

Pain at the jaw (TMJ)  disorders can cause pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) - the joint where the lower jawbone meets the skull. This joint is what allows you to talk and chew.
A variety of problems can cause pain at the jaw: an injury to the area, arthritis or grinding or clenching your teeth.

You may have a pain at the jaw disorder if you experience:     

  • Pain when opening or closing your mouth
  • Pain when chewing food
  • Trouble fully opening your mouth
  • Painful clicking and/or popping of the jaw

Our therapists at Therapy Plus - Downtown & Westdale locations specialize in TMJ disorders and jaw pain treatment, which includes:

  • A thorough evaluation to determine the cause of your TMJ problems
  • Education about TMJ anatomy and function
  • Exercises and manual techniques to improve function and decrease pain
  • Modalities such as an ultrasound (with or without hydrocortisone cream) or iontophoresis may also be used to decrease inflammation.