Should I See My Physio For Jaw Pain?
Jaw pain and restriction is a common condition that affects many people throughout their lives. It can be caused by a number of factors, for example, some kind of trauma to the jaw, an abnormal bite, if you are prone to grinding your teeth, or even stress which may cause you to clench your jaw and result in pain.
However, even though jaw pain is a common condition, it’s something that often goes untreated, leaving people suffering from a variety of symptoms. These may include: clicking or clunking of the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint), reduced ability to open your mouth which may impact your ability to eat or during a dental examination, or difficulty in chewing firm foods. Some people may also experience other symptoms which affect the rest of their head, for example, a blocked feeling in the ear or tinnitus (ringing in the ear), as well as headaches, or pressure or tension in the cheek, face or temple region.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain, also known as Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD), is an intermittent or chronic musculoskeletal disorder of your TMJ which is involved in jaw motion and is a disorder which can cause all of the symptoms described above.
If you are suffering from TMJ pain, there are a number of different healthcare professionals who are able to help you with your jaw pain. The most common of these healthcare professionals include your dentist/orthodontist, or your TMJ physiotherapist. But how do you decide who is the best person to see for the jaw pain you are experiencing?
Your dentist would be able to assist you by reviewing your bite and may prescribe a bite plate to assist your jaw occlusion (closing). This treatment is likely to be prescribed for a period of weeks or months. Alternatively, your orthodontist may also review your bite and may prescribe longer-term (months to years) teeth alignment techniques to help with your jaw occlusion.
Only a small number of Physiotherapists, particularly in Perth are trained and highly experienced in TMJ motion and the management of jaw pain and TMD. Our local TMJ Physiotherapists at Integrity Physio Como & South Perth are highly experienced in the management of jaw pain. They have more than 10 years of experience treating TMJ dysfunction. They will review your jaw motion and can develop a management plan to assist in easing your symptoms. Our Physiotherapists can help by relaxing overactive, hypertonic muscles, increasing jaw mobility to reduce stiffness and provide exercises to dynamically control excessive motion in situations of hypermobility. Our Physiotherapists will also analyse neck posture and abnormal movement patterns and prescribe specific exercises, if required, to help normalise these issues and correct the influence of your neck posture on your TMJ function. Researchers find an estimated 75% of conservatively managed TMJ treatment will succeed within 3 months.
If you are looking for a Physiotherapist in Como & South Perth, who can help you with your TMJ pain, the team at Integrity Physiotherapy are here to help. Give us a call and start on your improvement today!