Tempomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) / Jaw pain Treatment
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction is characterized by pain and discomfort in the TMJ joint placed in front of the ear, or pain along the jawline. Your jaw may also lock when the mouth opens or closes. You may also experience accompanying pain in the upper neck with or without tension headaches,
Problems like this cause you to avoid your favorite meals, stop chewing gum, and dread going to the dentist because of the agony you experience when opening your mouth.
Excessive sliding and shifting inside the joint causes stress on joint surfaces that were not designed to endure normal loading from chewing, biting down on anything hard, and lengthy bouts of repeated oral actions like biting a pen cap or biting the nails. Early joint degeneration is the outcome of this process.
TMJ discomfort is caused by three different syndromes:
myofascial pain from muscle imbalance or tension surrounding one or both joints
disc tissue within the joint
arthritis or degenerative changes within the joint
A physical therapist can assist you in assessing TMJ problems and developing a treatment plan to address your symptoms. However, to address bite deviations and nocturnal behaviors such as clenching and grinding the teeth, a dental specialist might create an oral appliance, bite guard, or splint.
Our team will evaluate joint movement, bite and mouth opening abnormalities, and which head, neck, and TMJ muscles are impacted. Patients can restore mouth opening, minimize and eliminate discomfort, and improve their quality of life by using joint mobilization, soft tissue treatment, and exercises.
TMJ dysfunction is a relatively prevalent illness for which many individuals do not seek treatment and instead suffer in silence. While determining the underlying cause of TMJ difficulties can be challenging, several conservative therapies can significantly impact the intensity and frequency of pain flares and do not require substantial jaw reconstructive surgery.
Don't put up with the pain. Talk to one of our physical therapists at Radiant Physiotherapy Clinic who specializes in TMJ dysfunction treatment today to relieve yourself from this pain.