Do you have difficulty chewing or yawning? Do you experience jaw pain? Do you hear clicking noises when you open or close your mouth? If so, you may have TMJ dysfunction.
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, also known as TMJ dysfunction, is a condition that causes pain and stiffness of the jaw joint and its surrounding muscles.
The temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to your skull. If there is an injury to this joint or it becomes damaged in any way, TMJ dysfunction may develop.
The temporomandibular joint is a complex and important structure composed of bones, tendons, and muscles that may cause you to feel pain on one or both sides of the jaw. This can make it very difficult to open your mouth, talk, yawn, and chew.
Could you be living with TMJ dysfunction? Request an appointment with Amped Physiotherapy to find relief with physical therapy.
If you want to avoid taking pain-relieving medication and use a more active approach, physical therapy is perhaps one of the most effective treatments for TMJ dysfunction.
At your initial appointment with Amped Physiotherapy, a comprehensive evaluation will be done on your neck, shoulder girdle, and thoracic spine in order to determine if those structures are contributing to your symptoms. Afterward, one of our dedicated physiotherapists will create a treatment plan based on the nature of your symptoms and your specific needs.
Our physical therapist will analyze your jaw mobility and release muscle tension in the areas surrounding your neck and head. The goal of physical therapy is to restore your normal function and the interaction of the jaw muscles and joints.
Your treatment plan may consist of any combination of methods and modalities, including jaw exercises, soft tissue or joint mobilization, dry needling.
Symptoms of this TMJ dysfunction include pain in the jaw, jaw popping, headaches, sore jaw muscles, locking of the jaw, pain in the temple, and earaches.
There are many reasons why TMJ dysfunction may develop, but some common causes include misalignment of the teeth, gum chewing, arthritis, teeth grinding, or a jaw injury.
There is no single method or surefire way of diagnosing TMJ dysfunction.
If you believe you may be suffering from this condition, a medical professional will analyze your medical history and perform a physical exam. Your physician may also send you to an otolaryngologist or a dentist specializing in jaw disorders.
The idea is to rule out other medical problems before diagnosing the patient with TMJ dysfunction, as the symptoms may also be due to a condition known as trigeminal neuralgia, salivary gland disease, or even swollen lymph nodes.
Once your diagnosis has been determined, you will be treated based on the nature of your symptoms.