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Temperomandibular Joint Dysfunction
Physical Therapy Services for
Temperomandibular Joint Dysfunction

Physical Therapy is well recognized as an effective and conservative treatment for musculoskeletal jaw pain, also known as TMD . Physical therapy aids in identifying and reducing contributing factors to TMD by reducing inflammation, restoring function and promoting repair and regeneration of injured tissues. As with any other joint in the body, our physical therapists at Direct Performance are trained in using manual therapy techniques, motor control training, and therapeutic exercises to help the temperomandibular joint function pain-free.

TMD can have various underlying factors from clenching and grinding, jaw fractures, stress induced muscle pain, hypermobility syndrome affecting the jaw, or muscular pain caused from prolonged opening during dental procedures. We have seen and successfully treated many different forms of TMD and have the tools and know-how to pinpoint your impairments leading to jaw pain.

At Direct Performance we work closely with other local dentists, orthodontists and oral surgeons to ensure you are getting the proper care you need. In our office you will receive a thorough evaluation of the temperomandibular joint and a personalized treatment plan to address your specific limitations in order to return to a normal life without impairment.

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"Went to my doctor thinking that I had an ear infection because of the  pain that ran from my ear drum down into my jaw.  I was in so much pain that I was having a hard time eating and swallowing. ear infection.  Kiley quickly addressed the possibility of TMJ being the problem. She used dry-needling on my jaw muscles and gave some great suggestions to help me with daily therapy/prevention.  Within 24 hours I was pain free."

"The PTs at Direct Performance Physical Therapy go above and beyond.  Kiley has helped me tremendously with my TMJ issues. If you have any (one or more) of the following TMJ symptoms you should to schedule an appointment.  After just one treatment my jaw pain felt so much better!  My clenching of my jaw also drastically diminished."

Treating Temperomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) through Physical Therapy

In this series, Dr. Kiley Fletcher, DPT, takes you through the ins and outs of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction. She discusses anatomy, possible causes, symptoms, and treatment options.

We offer assessments and care for pain in the following areas:

Comprehensive Assessments & Treatments Offered

Back Pain, Sciatica, Herniations, & Radiculopathy

Myofascial, Postural & Movement Related Impairments

Neck Pain, Tension Headaches, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, & Whiplash Associated Disorders

Shoulder Pain, Impingement, Rotator Cuff Disorders, Frozen Shoulders, & Shoulder Repairs

Shoulder, Hip and Knee Pain / Replacements

Ankle Pain, Plantar Fasciitis & Ankle Instability

Sports / Running Related Injuries & Surgeries

Women's Health and Pelvic Floor Incontinence & Impairments

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