Physical therapy for ear, neck and jaw pain
Headaches, ear pain, neck pain and even vertigo can all become a problem when the jaw is not functioning properly. Designed to act like a hinge, the jaw is connected to the skull on either side by the temporomandibular joints (TMJs), creating one of the most complex systems of joints and muscles in the body. Issues with the TMJs and the associated muscles that control them are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD).
St. Luke’s offers physical therapy evaluations to address this pain. The physical therapist who performed the evaluation will then carry out the therapy. The number of sessions will vary according to individual needs.
The physical therapy treatment plan may include the following:
- Posture and sleep position correction
- Jaw clenching reduction strategies and education
- Manual therapy to include joint and soft tissue mobilization
- Therapeutic exercise
- An individualized home program
- Ultrasound, electrical stimulation or cold laser
Therapy could also include biofeedback, relaxation techniques, or stress management.
This service does not require a referral. To see if your insurance company requires one, call the number on your card.