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TMJ Jaw Pain 

 

What is TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint)?

The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. When this joint is injured or damaged, it can lead to a localized pain disorder called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome or Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). Causes of TMJ pain may include injury to the teeth and/or jaw, misalignment of the jaw, teeth grinding, stress, poor posture and more.  

Common Presentation

  • Pain on chewing, yawning or opening the mouth widely

  • Clicking noises on opening and closing mouth

  • Jaw “locking”, difficulty or inability to open the mouth fully

  • Bruxism

 

If a patient under your care does experience jaw pain, remind them to avoid:

 

  • Excessive chewing & mouth opening

  • Resting jaw in hand or holding phone to the ear using shoulders.

  • Sleeping face down, as it may strain the neck

Our Treatment Focus

  • Our Treatment Focus

  • Physiotherapists can offer a conservative approach when managing patients with TMJ dysfunction. Our treatment focuses on pain relief, restoring function and mobility and this is facilitated via a range of treatment techniques offered by our therapist:

  • Patient Education, Postural Correction  & Lifestyle Modification

  • Manual Therapy

  • Soft tissue Mobilisation techniques

  • Corrective Exercise Prescription