Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction is a condition where there is pain and immovability of the joint and the surrounding muscles of your jaw.
What is TMJ Dysfunction?
The TMJ is a sliding hinge that connects your jaw to your skull, when issues arise with this joint, it is called TMJ Dysfunction.
The TMJ is the most used joint in the body; it’s involved with eating, talking, breathing, and facial expressions.
What are the causes?
It is difficult to determine an exact cause for a patient’s TMJ dysfunction as there are several factors that could contribute to the condition. These factors generally include:
- teeth grinding
- dislocation of the joint
- acute trauma
What are the symptoms?
- Jaw pain
- Ear aches
- Aching facial pain
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide
- Clicking or popping sound in the jaw joint
Treatment for TMJ Dysfunction
- Dry needling
- Soft tissue release
- Stabilisation exercises
- Posture improvement and neck treatment
- TMJ joint mobilisation
Your physiotherapist may also recommend a splint or a night guard to stabilise your jaw.
What can I do at home?
There are several things you can do from home to help relieve the pain of TMJ dysfunction. Such as:
- applying ice packs,
- eating soft foods,
- avoiding extreme jaw movements,
- anti-inflammatories if approved by a healthcare provider
How to book an appointment?
If you think that you may be suffering from TMJ dysfunction, our team at Vitalis Physiotherapy can assess and diagnose the condition. They will then tailor your treatment plan to aid in your pain relief and recovery.
All you need to do is just give us a call on 0410 559 856 and request an initial appointment. Please let our friendly reception staff know the background and severity of your condition.
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