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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.

Referral required for this service. If you need one, talk to your primary care provider.

To establish care with a St. Luke’s primary care provider, call 218.249.4000 or find a clinic near you.

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