Have you experienced jaw pain?
The jaw, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is like any other joint in our body and therefore, can be affected by injury and other joint conditions. Some contributing factors to developing TMJ disorders include injuries, such as motor vehicle accidents, tooth abnormalities, neck dysfunction, poor posture, autoimmune diseases and arthritis. TMJ disorders can affect one’s ability to speak, eat, chew and swallow. TMJ pain is often described as a dull ache around the jaw that comes and goes. Symptoms also include pain in the neck and shoulders, chronic headaches, ear pressure or ringing in the ears, jaw stiffness and limited movement, jaw locking, clicking or popping.
TMJ disorders can be diagnosed by a physical examination of the head and neck. Physio treatment may involve posture correction, release of tight muscles, joint mobilizations, jaw exercises and stretches, acupuncture/needling and modalities for symptom management. In some cases, further diagnostic testing or appliances, such as mouth guards, may be required. Visit us at Summit for more information about your jaw pain.
By Haley Carrier