The jaw joint comprises two bones, the mandible and the temporal bone, forming the temporo-mandibular joint, also known as TMJ. We use our jaws around 2,000 times per day - either to eat, chew, talk, yawn, etc. In the US alone, 17 million people between the ages of 13-35 years old are estimated to have some kind of pain or disability of their jaw - making it difficult to do its job.
What can cause TMJ pain?
The bones forming the joint are separated by a disc of cartilage and surrounded and supported with muscles and ligaments. As with any other joint of the body, these structures need to work together harmoniously to allow a smooth opening and closing of the mouth.
Some common signs of a TMJ impairment include pain with opening/closing of the mouth, clicking, popping or cracking noises, tenderness to the area, and/or limitations with opening or closing your mouth. There are several different factors that may cause TMJ pain or disability such as: stress, muscle overactivity, poor habits such as grinding and clenching your teeth, poor posture, abnormal breathing pattern, after a dental procedure and/or from dental malocclusion.
How can physiotherapy help?
Using different assessment tools, we will aim to isolate the cause of your pain and impairments.
Once we’ve identified the cause(s) of your pain, we will use hands-on treatment techniques, and work together to find various exercises to help alleviate and/or resolve your pain.
You can talk to your physiotherapist to help choose the best treatment plan for you.
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