TMJ disorder causes a host of trying symptoms, including difficulty chewing, clicking or locking of the jaw and significant pain. While numerous Americans suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, reports suggest that just about 7 percent attempt to get help. Often, this is because they fear the prospect of surgery, which doesn’t always prove effective and usually leads to long periods of downtime. That said, many people also fail to seek help, because they remain unaware that there are other non-invasive ways to treat their conditions.

Physical Therapy

Because they are eager to find a comfortable, non-invasive treatment for TMJ disorder, some people give physical therapy a try. Recently, the physical therapy provider KORT (Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team) issued a press release explaining how their practitioners use this strategy to relieve the symptoms associated with temporomandibular joint disorder.

According to the release, KORT therapists use a variety of manual physical techniques, including joint mobilizations, spine and soft tissue massage and trigger point dry needling in an attempt to improve neck mobility, muscle strength and joint balance. According to KORT, patients usually need several sessions before they will see any benefits; however, despite this, the procedures may still appear attractive to people who want to avoid the pain and risk associated with TMJ surgery.

Another Way

Most people fear the thought of painful, invasive surgery to treat temporomandibular joint disorder. That being said, physical therapy isn’t the best alternative for patients whose bite is to blame for their TMJ disorder. Since they do not target the source of TMJ pain, manual physical techniques, such as joint mobilizations, spine and soft tissue massage and trigger point dry needling, aren’t likely to offer anything more than temporary relief.

Dr. Durham provides a noninvasive treatment for TMJ disorder that addresses the root cause of TMJ symptoms: a bad bite. By fixing this problem, Dr. Durham is able to offer permanent relief from temporomandibular joint disorder; so patients can enjoy full, symptom-free lives. To learn more, contact his office in Savannah, Georgia today.