Jaw conditions (otherwise known as TMD) are common and many people suffer not knowing that a Physiotherapist experienced in this area can help.
Symptoms may include:
• Clicking or clunking of the jaw joint
• Headaches, pressure or tension in the cheek, face or temple region
• Reduced ability to open the mouth (eating, dental examination)
• Difficulty chewing firm foods
• A blocked feeling in the ears or tinnitus (ear ringing)
Jaw pain can be caused by the following:
• Trauma to the jaw
• Abnormal bite
• Grinding your teeth
A Physiotherapist experienced in TMD can diagnose and manage a range of conditions causing your jaw pain and dysfunction. Treatment often includes a range of manual treatment techniques including joint mobilisation, massage and dry needling (optional). In addition, your Physiotherapist will likely prescribe specific exercises including jaw stretches and/or movement control exercises.
In most cases management will require your Physiotherapist to be in regular communication with your Dentist and where needed, your Oral Medicine Specialist or Oral Surgeon.