There are several causes of Temporomandibular Joint Pain (TMJ) and many people often suffer from a combination of them rather just one cause. TMJ is basically pain or tenderness in the jaw and surrounding area and it’s quite common since it’s the most used joint in your body. Your jaw joints are used for such routine daily activities like breathing, talking and eating. TMJ can lead to Tinnitus, headaches, cramps, dizziness, upper neck pain and ear pain and be painful when talking and eating.
What Causes Temporomandibular Joint Pain (TMJ)?
The pain from TMJ could originally be caused by a blow to the jaw area, whiplash, stress, infections, tumours, as well as overuse of the the jaw muscles or from grinding or clenching your teeth. In addition, if the joint’s cartilage is worn down it can cause pain and another cause could be arthritis. Furthermore, you may suffer from TMJ if you have your wisdom teeth removed. But on the bright side, the condition can often be treated with physiotherapy as it will help reduce the pain and stiffness and will restore normal mobility and function to the jaw area.
Treating Temporomandibular Joint Pain (TMJ)
Some of the things you can do yourself to relieve the condition are to ice the area, massage the joint and the surrounding muscles and take painkilling medication. Regular exercise can also be beneficial and it’s generally recommended that you avoid chewy, hard foods and stick to eating soft food for the time being. It’s also important that you practice proper posture when sitting and lying down as bad posture can strain your neck by stretching the ligaments and tissues in the jaw.
If you notice that you are suffering from any symptoms of TMJ or your jaw clicks or pops and you have a hard time opening it you may want to seek help from a licensed therapist for treatment to this musculoskeletal disorder. At Spectrum Physiotherapy we will be able to assess your condition and find the root of your problem. We may enlist the aid of things such as an MRI, CT scan and/or dental X-rays when diagnosing your condition.
Your therapist will be able to test the range of motion in your jaw as well as muscle length and tension. We will be able to conclude if you are suffering from arthritis, disc displacement, stiffness, muscle disorder, hyper-mobility, or a posture issue. The specific type of treatment you’ll receive at Spectrum Physiotherapy will depend on the clinical diagnosis. We will devise a personalized corrective treatment plan for your condition and it could include dry needling/acupuncture, ice/hear packs, electrotherapy, soft-tissue massage stretching, posture improvement and exercising.
In general, physiotherapy treatment for TMJ can help improve your condition in approximately 12 weeks and a noticeable improvement can usually come in the first few weeks of physiotherapy. At Spectrum Physiotherapy our goal is to find the exact cause of your TMJ condition and then treat it with a personalized plan to help relieve it. We will also advise you on how to deal with the issue so you don’t suffer from it again in the future.
TMJ can often be a painful and annoying condition but it’s one that you don’t have to live with since it can be easily treated. If you’d like to relieve the pain associated with TMJ and get back to your normal routine as quickly as possible contact us today to schedule an appointment..