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TMJ Dysfunction

by Precision Physiotherapy Uncategorized May 6, 2021

Love to eat these? But jaw pain is stopping you? That could be a sign of Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction.

How it works?

  • The temporo-Mandibular joint consists of a Mandible(jaw bone) and Maxilla(Skull bone),which is present on either side of the face.
  • Jaw carries out functions like biting, chewing, swallowing, opening and closing the mouth, speaking and yawning.
  • Muscles around the jaw, help move it in order to carry out these movements smoothly.
  • An articular disc slides back & forth to allow smooth movement of the jaw.

What causes Jaw pain?

  • TMJ disc dysfunction/Slipped disc
  • Direct trauma to Jaw
  • TMJ Arthritis
  • Teeth grinding (Bruxism)
  • Poor posture(Forward Head Posture)
  • Anxiety/Stress(Constant tension/tightness in facial muscles)
  • Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) Poor posture Anxiety/Stress

Symptoms:

  • Jaw pain
  • Tooth ache/ear pain
  • Jaw clicking or locking
  • Difficulty biting or chewing food
  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Very less/Excessive jaw opening

How Can Physiotherapists Help?

  • We can assess the TMJ and get to the Root Cause of the pain.
  • Provide education on Jaw pain management.
  • Prescribe Home Exercise Program.
  • Perform Muscle Tension Release Techniques.
  • Perform Manual Therapy techniques to improve mobility.
  • Administer LASER therapy to reduce inflammation and pain relief.