The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the point where your lower jawbone, the mandible, meets your skull on each side. These highly flexible joints are responsible for talking, chewing, and yawning. Temporomandibular joint disorder is diagnosed in patients with painful, limited jaw mobility that inhibits numerous vital everyday activities.
The jaw joints are the most complex in the body, working as both hinges and slides to allow the jaw to open, close, and rotate. When the soft tissue cartilage becomes inflamed or damage occurs to the small disc in the joint, TMJ symptoms occur.
TMJ is widely recognized as a musculoskeletal disorder, not a dental problem.
Based on the proven results of conservative therapy, experts recommend TMJ be treated with the most moderate means possible, avoiding surgical or dental procedures to permanently change your jaw or teeth. At Manhattan Sports Therapy, Dr. Nemirovsky specializes in diagnosing and relieving jaw pain and stiffness associated with TMJ.
Dr. Nemirovsky’s conservative therapies are highly effective at mobilizing the soft tissues of the temporomandibular joint to alleviate pain and restore smooth function before the structures become permanently damaged. His gentle, hands-on approach addresses dysfunctions of the small jaw joints in a way that is therapeutic and restorative, resulting in lasting, pain-free jaw function.
Should your condition warrant more extensive treatment, Dr. Nemirovsky will work closely with you and your dental provider to design a layered treatment plan custom to your needs. This plan will create the fastest, most effective healing should dental or surgical intervention be required.