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Has anyone done physical therapy for jaw pain with psa?

My PsA has really destroyed my jaw joints. I’ve just started physical therapy after the pain and dysfunction settled down some. But it often makes it sorer even when doing quite a bit less than prescribed. The side to side motions especially!

Has physical therapy helped you with jaw pain

Just curious what other's experiences have been and if physical therapy does in fact help over time. I’m also getting a mouth guard made this week, and of course, taking my Enbrel and Celebrex medications as prescribed.

  1. Hi .
    Jaw pain can be pretty awful and any kind of stimulation can make it worse. The physical therapy will help tremendously in the long run, but you might want to talk to your doctor about taking some OTC painkillers for now. You will likely feel much better when you get the mouth guard.
    While you are waiting for responses from the community, I thought I would share this article from one of our advocates with tips for jaw pain relief. She mentions physical therapy in the article:
    I hope this helps and that you start to feel some relief soon. Best wishes! - Lori (Team Member)

    1. Thanks Lori! Appreciate the response. I am taking Celebrex for the past three months and it does help. I wonder how long people can take NSAIDs. My doctor is thinking about adding methotrexate also. Thanks again!

      1. HI . Unfortunately, there are limits on NSAIDS. Hopefully, your doctor is doing regular blood work to make sure you don't overdo it. I am glad you are getting some relief from Celebrex. Lots of people have successful with methotrexate. I hope it helps bring your PsA even more under control. Thinking of you! - Lori (Team Member)

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