Physiotherapy for TMJ pain
Most patients with TMJ pain will get better by themselves with no treatment at all. For those who are experiencing frequent jaw pain or jaw pain that is not resolving on its own physiotherapy can help. You may find that your jaw is tender for a day or two following a treatment but most patients report that physiotherapy is very effective for their TMJ pain. Many report a complete resolution of symptoms after 3-4 visits.
When to call a Physiotherapist?
If you are experiencing pain or popping of your jaw when yawning or eating, a jaw that gets “stuck” in the open or closed position, pain or tired feeling in your face, or headaches you feel may be associated with teeth clenching you should consider making an appointment with your physiotherapist.
What is my TMJ?
TMJ is an acronym for Temporomandibular Joint. The TMJ connects your jawbone (mandible) to your skull (temporal bone). This joint allows you to open and close your mouth, chew food, speak, yawn, etc. The TMJ is arguably one of the most complex joints in the human body. It combines a hinging and sliding action and is supported by numerous muscles and connective tissues.
Why does my TMJ hurt?
A combination of factors are responsible for TMJ pain in most patients. These may include jaw injuries and joint disease such as arthritis. In some cases the cause of TMJ pain isn’t clear. Risk factors for developing TMJ pain include: arthritis, a jaw injury, or long-term grinding or clenching of the teeth.