Jaw Pain and Clicking- Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD / TMJ)

• Do you suffer from headaches?

• Is chewing food uncomfortable or painful?

• Do you hear popping, clicking, or crackling sounds when you move your jaw?

• Are you unable to open your mouth freely, smoothly and as wide as you need to while eating or yawning?

If you answered YES to any of these questions you may be one of the many suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).

 

cam_6744-copyWhat Causes TMD?

The TMJ is one of the most complex joints in the body. It is constructed of two bones. The mandible (jaw), and the temporal bone of the skull. A disc sits in the middle of the two bones.  Disorders of this joint are very common.

Causes include:

• Dental work (ie. tooth extractions, implants etc.)

• Clenching or grinding teeth

• Cross bite

• Stress or nervous habits (ie. nail biting)

• Excessive chewing

• Trauma / whiplash injuries

• Blunt force to the face

• Sporting injuries (ie. Volleyball to the face)

• Posture

• Osteoarthritis/ Rheumatoid arthritis

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Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorders:  Jaw pain

• Clicking

• Popping

• Locked jaw (unable to open and close your mouth)

• Facial deformity/asymmetry

• Difficulty chewing tough food/ big items

• Pain in the ears, temples or neck

• Toothaches

• Headaches

• Pain in the neck

What if my jaw “Clicks/ Pops” but it doesn’t hurt?

 

Clicking in the jaw indicates that the disc between the mandible and temporal bone is out of place. This creates bone on bone contact and over time can lead to arthritic changes in the TMJ. Arthritic changes will reduce the overall function of the TMJ resulting in pain. Early intervention restores normal alignment and function of the joint, thereby creating a nutritious environment for the disc.
At Physionorth we have experienced Physiotherapists who are highly qualified to assess, diagnose and treat TMJ disorders. Our professional background and experience have allowed us to develop a multidisciplinary program based on individual needs and findings. Our physiotherapists are trained to perform specialised release techniques, mobilisations and individual exercises in order to reduce pain and restore normal function of the TMJ.  Based on individual findings, treatment may also address neck disorders and postural education.
Linda Gomercic

Senior Physiotherapist

 

Our Senior Physiotherapists Linda, Jaquie and Anna all specialise in treating TMD, for bookings call our friendly receptionists on 4724 0768.