Treating Jaw Pain Beyond the Dentist’s Chair
Andrew Zang with client
Many people believe that when their jaw hurts, they have difficulty or pain chewing food, popping or clicking or difficulty opening their mouth, the best person to see is their dentist. Dentists very likely will be a part of the solution, but they can do more with a little extra effort.
That includes working to address tense, tight muscles that move the jaw. Hands-on treatment and specific exercises can restore balance. Balance of the jaw or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) muscles is necessary for optimal function. Next, address any other factors that may have contributed to the jaw pain in the first place beyond the teeth and bite. This includes addressing neck muscle strength and posture.
Living with jaw pain or approaching just one aspect of the problem is not necessary. More can be done, and an individual program can be developed to do at home.
Dr. Andrew Zang, owner of Zang Physical Therapy, is board certified in orthopedics and a fellowship-trained physical therapist. For more information, call 717-440-6197.