The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull’s temporal bones which are found in front of the ears. This joint allows you to move your jaw up and down and from side to side. When this joint or the muscles around it are damaged it can affect the way you talk and chew. When there are issues with your TMJ it’s often referred to as TMD or temporomandibular disorder, but at times simply just called TMJ. At Surrey Sports Physio, we offer TMJ therapy for your jaw pain treatments. Some of our other services include physiotherapy and hand therapy. To learn more about the TMJ disorders, check out our blog page.
Causes of TMJ
TMJ can be caused by several things including injury to your teeth or jaw. If your jaw or teeth are misaligned or if you grind your teeth, you may also find yourself with TMJ. Other causes may include stress, arthritis, bad posture, and gum chewing.
Symptoms of TMJ
There are a few symptoms to look out for in addition to jaw pain when it comes to TMJ. Headaches, ear pain or popping sounds in your ears, pain in your temple, jaw clicking or popping, and locking jaw joint are just some of the possible signs of TMJ.
Causes Of TMJ Pain
When jaw muscles are irritated, jaw movement is disrupted causing discomfort including muscle tenderness and issues in opening your jaw.
Furthermore, teeth grinding due to psychological stress causes muscle pain and tightness around the jaw area. Excessive jaw clenching or forceful biting might also strain TMJ and cause pain.
Possible Treatments for TMJ
Depending on the severity of your TMJ, you have a variety of treatments to choose from. Home treatments like ice packs, jaw and neck massages, stress reduction, or over-the-counter drugs may help relieve jaw pain. When home treatments don’t work, TMJ can be treated with dental splints, Botox injections, or physical therapy. At Grant Gibson’s Surrey Sports & Rehab, we focus on the latter through physiotherapy. Contact Grant Gibson’s Surrey Sports & Rehab for more information on TMJ and jaw pain treatment.
How Can We Help?
Our treatment incorporates the following:
We strongly suggest not neglecting the symptoms of TMJ and consulting our therapists immediately. If left untreated, TMJ can result in arthritis of joint or might cause your jaw to lock.
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Contact Grant Gibson’s Surrey Sports & Rehabilitation for more information on jaw pain and TMJ therapy in Surrey