Jaw pain is common but often goes untreated. Most people aren’t aware 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 ear or tinnitus (ear ringing)
Jaw pain can be caused by the following:
• Trauma to the jaw
• Abnormal bite
• Grinding your teeth
Treatment often includes a range of manual treatment techniques including joint mobilisation, massage and dry needling (optional). In addition, your physiotherapist may prescribe specific exercises including jaw stretches and/or movement control exercises. Where relevant, your physiotherapist will communicate with your Dentist, Oral Medicine Specialist or Oral Surgeon to keep them up to date on the treatment you are receiving.
January 9, 2018