Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint between your jaw bone and your skull and is involved in all movements of the jaw. Sometimes, this joint doesn’t function well, causing temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD).

Restore Function Physiotherapy Team

Restore Function Physiotherapy Team

Restore Function Physiotherapy Team

Restore Function Physiotherapy Team

 

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint between your jaw bone and your skull and is involved in all movements of the jaw. Sometimes, this joint doesn’t function well, causing temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD). 

What are the Symptoms of TMD?

Symptoms can include:

  • pain

  • stiffness

  • reduced jaw movement

  • clicking

  • locking

 or a combination of these symptoms. 

What causes TMD?

TMD can be caused by:

  • excessive jaw clenching/grinding (often during sleep and associated with stress or breathing issues)

  • trauma to the jaw, head or neck

  • dental procedures (particularly those that require you to have your mouth open for long periods of time)

  • connective tissue conditions which cause increased joint mobility

How do you treat TMD?

To treat TMD, our physiotherapists will conduct a thorough assessment to determine what is contributing to your pain or dysfunction. They will look at how your joint moves (glides), how your muscles function, how you hold your jaw, and how your neck posture affects your jaw function. From this they will be able to determine what treatment will best alleviate your symptoms. This may include postural re-training, mobilisation of your jaw joint, massage of your jaw muscles or exercises to improve jaw function. We may also need to work with your dentist if speciality splinting is required. 

Don’t suffer in silence with jaw pain, book an appointment with our experienced physiotherapists and let them help restore your jaw function!

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