Shift Performance PT

tmj / tmd IN Knoxville

Do you suffer from headaches, grinding of your teeth, clicking of your jaw or even ear pain? These can all be signs of Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD). This is a disorder of the jaw muscles and nerves caused by injury to the TMJ, which is the joint between your jaw and skull. The injured temporomandibular joint leads to pain with chewing, clicking, and popping of the jaw; swelling on the sides of the face; nerve inflammation; headaches; tooth grinding; and sometimes dislocation of the temporomandibular joint.


Tailored TMJ Syndrome Solutions for Active and Former Athletes

At Shift Performance Physical Therapy in Knoxville, we understand the complexities of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome, particularly for former athletes and active individuals. TMJ Syndrome affects not just oral functions but can also significantly impact overall physical health and athletic performance. Our clinic is dedicated to providing specialized care to alleviate these symptoms and enhance quality of life.

Comprehensive Understanding of TMJ Syndrome

TMJ Syndrome, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD), involves the jaw muscles and nerves, often due to TMJ injury or dysfunction. Symptoms include jaw-related discomfort, such as headaches, ear pain, difficulties in chewing, jaw noises, and nerve issues leading to tooth grinding and potential jaw dislocation.

Diverse Causes of TMJ Syndrome

TMJ Syndrome can stem from dental and jaw trauma, stress factors, inflammatory conditions like arthritis, and behavioral patterns such as excessive gum chewing or teeth grinding.

Customized Approach to TMJ Syndrome at Shift Performance

Our treatment begins with a thorough evaluation, focusing on identifying the core issue. Post-evaluation, we discuss our findings and collaborate with you to establish a comprehensive care plan aimed at alleviating pain, restoring natural jaw movement, and equipping you with long-term management strategies.

Enhancing Athletic Functionality Through TMJ Rehabilitation

We extend our TMJ treatment to cater to athletes. Our comprehensive rehabilitation program is designed to enhance overall athletic functionality and performance.

Customized Exercise Regimen for TMJ Relief

We develop customized exercise regimens that focus on strengthening jaw muscles, improving flexibility, and enhancing joint mobility, crucial for athletes to regain stability and strength for their sports activities.

Integrative Treatment Approach

Our integrative approach combines traditional physical therapy techniques with innovative methods such as myofascial release, biofeedback therapy, acupuncture, and dry needling.

Long-Term Management Strategies for Athletes

We focus on long-term strategies such as stress management techniques, dietary counseling, ergonomic advice for training, and preventive measures to manage TMJ Syndrome effectively.

Expert Care for Your TMJ Needs

If you’re struggling with TMJ or looking for preventive strategies, our team at Shift Performance Physical Therapy in Knoxville is here to help. We offer comprehensive evaluations and personalized treatment plans. Contact us today to start your journey back to an active and fulfilling lifestyle, free from the constraints of TMJ Syndrome.


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Samar i

My neck and traps were so painful . One meeting with Dr. Blake and I felt so much better. He explained everything, didn’t rush. And made me feel comfortable with Dry Needling which is amazing .thank you ! I’ve seen him a few times now and it feels so good to know I can count on him for relief of any injury I encounter. 

Allison Capps

Dr. Blake is super knowledgable in his field!  I had a shoulder/neck issue that flared up and Dr. Blake at Shift was able to fit an appointment quickly and helped me return to pain free exercising ASAP!  Thank you for all that you do!