Jaw Pain and TMJ Physio Brisbane
Get Relief From Jaw Pain with a TMJ Physio Brisbane
Do you have clicking, crunching, popping or pain in your jaw?
Have you tried pain medication and dental splints with no relief?
Would you like to be able to enjoy eating and drinking again?
At Graceville Physio, Pain Slayers we’re experts in diagnosing and treating TMJ, jaw pain and jaw dysfunction in Brisbane. We’re able to easily work out the cause of your pain and develop a treatment regime that will work for you. It is important that you’re involved in the design of your tailored program to get you the outcome that you want.
What are the symptoms of TMJ and Jaw Pain?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is where the jaw bone attaches to the skull and is essential in daily activities such as chewing, talking, opening the mouth and yawning.
There are many causes of TMJ pain and dysfunction such as trauma, dental procedures and clenching or grinding of the teeth. TMJ dysfunction usually presents as jaw pain and may be accompanied by a ‘clicking’ sound or sensation. Headaches also commonly occur in conjunction with jaw pain. This dysfunction is diagnosed as Temporal Mandibular Dysfunction or TMD
TMJ problems include clicking, popping, crunching, clenching and/or difficulty opening jaw
The symptoms that can arise when you have TMJ problems include clicking, popping, crunching, clenching of the jaw, difficulty opening and closing the mouth, grating, locking of the jaw, toothache when there is no tooth problem, face and eye pain, tinnitus, ear-popping and earache with no ear problems.
The temporomandibular joint has a disc that allows the bones to glide easily so that opening and closing your jaw as well as speaking, eating and breathing is effortless. It’s important to note that the awful sound that you may hear from the crunching of the jaw is not the bones grating against each other. This is actually from the movement of the disc inside the joint.
If you have been in an accident where your face or jaw was involved chances are you might develop some sort of TMJ dysfunction. Those who have had a broken jaw in the past will need to have some rehabilitation to retrain the muscles to again be able to open and close the mouth, speak, eat, drink and breath properly.
TMJ Physio Treatment From Graceville Physio, Pain Slayers
Following some dental procedures, you can sometimes be left with partial temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Sometimes the addition of a dental splint can be one of the causes of TMJ dysfunction as the patient often tries to grind their teeth on the splint.
To determine the cause of your jaw pain, it’s necessary to have a complete assessment by someone with expertise in this area. This way a comprehensive and holistic plan can be made in order to eliminate the pain and stop it from coming back.
Some patients will say that they have tried everything to treat their jaw pain and that nothing works. An expert physiotherapist will not only take into account the jaw but also the head, neck and upper back as these can also contribute to pain in the jaw area.
Why see a TMJ Physio from Graceville Physio, Pain Slayers?
We’re committed to eliminating your pain for good. If we do not find that there is a significant improvement in five visits, then we’ll reevaluate and decide what to do next. We are not going to get you to come back in week after week if you’re not getting the results that you want – it’s not good for you or us.
Some patients say that they do not have the time to come in for treatments or to do their exercises. At Graceville Physio, Pain Slayers we have appointments as early as 7:00 am with our specialist TMJ physiotherapist. We also provide you with a take-home patient treatment plan, and it’s important that you follow these exercises. It’s important to take the time to devote to your treatment and treat your body with respect. No one deserves to be in pain.
Other patients have been told that there is nothing that can be done about their jaw pain because the doctor told them they have degeneration or osteoarthritis in the jaw and that this can’t be fixed. However, retraining the correct muscles can help to take the pressure off the joint and therefore relieve the pain and symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can TMJ and jaw pain go away on its own?
In a lot of cases, yes, you can take measures to ensure TMJ goes away on its own - such as minimising stress to reduce clenching your jaw. However, if you experience persistent pain we recommend seeing a physio.
What happens if TMJ or jaw pain goes untreated?
If TMJ is left untreated, symptoms such as lockjaw can get worse, and in some cases, your lower jaw can get pushed back. In extreme cases, this can impact your breathing, which can lead to chronic headaches and neck pain.
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This area can be complicated to treat so make sure that you see someone who has expertise in jaw pain and the temporomandibular joint and get back to doing what you love without pain. Eating and drinking can be some of the most enjoyable things to do, so don’t let jaw pain stop you from enjoying life.