TMJ Dysfunction

Are you suffering from jaw pain?

TMJ dysfunction could be the source.

Do you struggle to open your mouth when eating or yawning? Do you hear a popping sound when you open or close your mouth? You may have a TMJ disorder and will benefit from physical therapy to resolve your dysfunction.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is also known as your jaw. It is the connection between your jawbone to your skull. Just like the other joints in your body, injury or dysfunction can lead to pain and disability.

TMJ dysfunction is characterized by pain and difficulty with movement. For some, the joint doesn’t allow the normal opening of the mouth; for others, the joint can get stuck, and all movements become painful. It is also common for the muscles surrounding the joint to become stiff and sore. In severe cases, a dysfunctional TMJ joint can cause headaches or tension in the neck.

The good news is that physical therapy can help you get rid of your jaw pain! Click here to make an appointment with one of our skilled physical therapists at Maximum Rehabilitation Services in Chicago, IL, Evergreen Park, IL, or Munster, IN today.

What are the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction?

A dentist or doctor usually diagnoses TMJ dysfunction, but often treatment to resolve this condition is performed by a physical therapist. Our physical therapists are highly skilled at treating TMJ disorders and can help identify the cause of your pain.


We will conduct a thorough examination that includes a detailed medical history and physical examination. We will address the joint and surrounding muscles to ensure you restore your joint’s proper alignment and functioning.

TMJ pain is commonly caused by teeth grinding or clenching (i.e., bruxism), dislocation of the disc between the ball and socket joint, arthritis, stress, or some type of trauma.

The most common symptoms of a TMJ disorder include:

  • Pain or tenderness of your jaw
  • Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
  • Pain in and around your ear (i.e., earaches)
  • Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
  • Facial pain
  • Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
  • Headaches in the temples

If you have any of the symptoms listed, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Chicago, IL, Evergreen Park, IL, and Munster, IN physical therapy clinic for lasting pain relief!

What can you expect from our Chicago, IL, Evergreen Park, IL, and Munster, IN physical therapy clinic?

Our physical therapist will assess your jaw mobility and function to identify potential issues contributing to your condition. We will also examine the surrounding regions, including your facial and neck muscles, to ensure we address all the possible factors affecting the function of your TMJ joint.

Our therapists will work to relieve any neck and head muscle tension, so you regain normal pain-free functioning. One of our trained research-based physical therapists will create a personalized care plan for you based on your needs to ensure you resolve your issues fully.

Your treatment plan may include jaw exercises, soft tissue massage, joint mobilization, myofascial methods, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound. Our therapists will use whatever means necessary to get you the results you deserve!

Are you ready to overcome your TMJ dysfunction?

Contact us right away!

If you are experiencing TMJ pain or dysfunction, it is time to take action!

Request an appointment as soon as possible with Maximum Rehabilitation Services!

Your Next Steps…

  1. Request An Appointment

  2. Receive A Custom Treatment Plan

  3. Work Hard and Progress In Your Recovery

  4. Recover & Enjoy Life Pain-Free!

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