TMJ Dysfunction Disorder and Treatment

Do you have persistent pain or tenderness in your jaw every time you open your mouth or chew? Is there an aching pain in and around your ear? Is it difficult for you to chew? All these symptoms indicate that you might be suffering from a complicated condition known as Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction or TMJD. The jaw region and surrounding muscles are inflamed in this condition.

The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw and skull and hence acts as a hinge point. TMJ dysfunction occurs if the joint is injured or harmed in some way.

The temporomandibular joint comprises an intricate mechanism of tendons, muscles and joints. When the joint gets disrupted, it leads to excruciating pain on one or both sides of the jaw.

Panic is not the solution if you have TMJ. But, calling us is an effective solution. We have qualified and experienced physiotherapists who specialize in treating TMJD.

Legend Physiotherapy is an ace when it comes to treating TMJD. Besides TMJD, we offer effective treatment solutions for all types of pain and injuries. Our team analyses your condition and presents a proper treatment plan to heal the pain.

What Are The Symptoms Of TMJ?

Muscle stiffness is one of the most common symptoms of TMJ. This symptom occurs when the muscles that control your jaw are harmed due to improper neck placement.

Other symptoms are:

  • Locking of the joint makes it difficult for you to open or close your mouth
  • Aching pain in and around your ear
  • Aching pain in the entire face
  • Problems in chewing
  • A clicking sound when you open your mouth

What Are The Causes Of TMJ Dysfunction?

The actual cause of TMJ may not be clear. It can occur due to excessive strain on the jaw joints and the muscle group responsible for chewing, speech and swallowing.

You may strain the jaw joints due to bruxism which is the involuntary and habitual grinding or clenching of the teeth. Any trauma to the head, neck or jaw can also cause TMJ.

TMJ can occur if the jaw joint discs are displaced or if you have arthritis. Certain medical conditions such as bowel syndrome or fibromyalgia may worsen the TMJ pain.

Eating is also one of the most common causes of TMJ. Whether you chew on one side of the mouth or not, consuming food improperly can lead to TMJ.

What Is The Role Of Physiotherapy In Treating TMJ?

Physiotherapy includes specific learning and practising techniques that help you regain normal jaw movement. The factors physiotherapists focus on to heal TMJ pain are releasing tight muscles, relaxations, releasing scar tissue and stretching.  Physiotherapy reduces muscle tightness and scar tissue formation.

Here are the physiotherapy techniques that help in the treatment of TMJ pain:

  • Heat therapy to improve blood circulation
  • Jaw exercises to improve flexibility and range of motion
  • Massage therapy to improve muscle tension
  • Ice therapy to reduce pain and swelling
  • Training to get the posture and jaw alignment right
  • Movement of the TM joint in such a way that the scar tissue releases thereby restricting muscle movement and improving range of motion

How Can We Help?

We provide thorough physiotherapy treatments to help you recover from TMJ pain. Our team analyses the condition of your neck, shoulders and thoracic spine to determine the exact areas that are generating the pain.

Accordingly, our team prepares an effective treatment program for you based on your concerns and preferences. We will maintain that program for a specific time frame for the most optimum results.

The team at LegeLegend Physiotherapy and Rehab Clinic assesses your jaw movement and the muscle stress in your neck and head to determine the right program. We intend to re-establish your muscle-joint interplay and functioning.

What Do You Think?

It’s time to bid adieu to your TMJ pain by booking an appointment with us at Legend Physiotherapy. We are committed to your good health and wellness. Hence, we strive diligently to help you recover and heal. It might take longer depending on the severity of the issue. But we don’t stop unless you feel better.

Do not let your jaw pain take a toll on your happiness. Schedule an appointment today to deal with TMJ painlessly.