At Essendon Physio Group we specialise in disorders of the jaw and recognise how these disorders may affect a person's lifestyle.
The 'temporomandibular joint' (TMJ), or commonly known as the 'jaw joint' is a joint that connects the lower jaw to the base of the skull.
The TMJ is responsible for opening and closing the mouth, which is an important movement we commonly perform during talking and chewing.
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) is a term relating to pain and dysfunction of the muscles and the joint of the jaw. TMD is a condition that many of us will experience at some point and will seek the assistance of a qualified dentist or a physiotherapist.
Symptoms may include the following:
- Jaw pain
- Jaw clicking
- Pain on chewing or yawning
- Limited opening of the jaw
- Pain on opening or closing the jaw
- Locked jaw
- Neck pain
- Ear aches
- Facial tension
- Sinus pain
There are various causes which may be responsible for TMJ disorders:
- Injuries to the jaw
- Grinding/ clenching of the teeth
- Emotional/ physical stress
- Anatomical deformities of the teeth and jaw
- Arthritis of the jaw
- Recent dental work
The diagnosis of TMJ disorders can be difficult due to its numerous causes and symptoms. The physiotherapists at Essendon Physio Group are experienced in treating TMJ disorders and are able to carry out a systematic approach to rule out all possible causes to ensure you are receiving the best possible treatment.
The physiotherapists at Essendon Physio Group are highly experienced in performing treatment techniques that assist in relaxing the muscles surrounding the jaw. They may also provide you with exercises to help relax your jaw muscles as well as other preventative strategies.
If you, or anyone you know is experiencing any symptoms of a temporomandibular disorder, please contact us for an assessment and a targeted treatment plan.