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Our Headache and Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Management programs offer relief to individuals suffering from pain caused by headaches and TMJ dysfunction. Rather than simply provide relief, however, our physical therapists work toward creating a comprehensive treatment program that not only helps address the cause of the pain, but also educates patients on how to manage their symptoms.

Every patient receiving physical therapy from USC’s Headache and TMJ Management programs receives a thorough assessment that helps us develop a personalized treatment plan. Our physical therapists conduct a detailed evaluation of your medical history and condition in order to use the most efficient and effective evidence-based physical therapy to improve your outcome.


The Headache and TMJ programs offer a broad array of physical therapy services to treat a number of conditions including:

  • Occipital neuralgia
  • Migraines
  • Cervicogenic headaches
  • Tension headaches
  • Chronic headaches
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis, disc displacement
  • Trissmus/muscle spasm
  • TMJ dysfunction as a result of treatment of head and neck cancer
  • Internal derangement


American Headache Society

Physical Therapists

The Headache and TMJ programs’ physical therapy team consists of board-certified neurologic and orthopedic clinical specialists who treat a wide variety of headache and TMJ disorders.

Nora Darakjian, PT DPT

Lori Ginoza, PT, DPT, NCS

Kenneth Kim PT, DPT, CSCS, OCS

Yogi Matharu, PT, DPT, OCS

Courtney Mears, PT, DPT, OCS

Erica Sigman, PT, DPT, OCS


Locations and Hours

Physical therapy for headache and TMJ dysfunction is offered at the following locations:

USC Physical Therapy at the Health Sciences Campus

USC Physical Therapy at University Park Campus