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TMJ Treatment in Northwood

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint between the lower jaw and the skull. Disorders of the TMJ are one of the most common causes of pain in the face and mouth after tooth pain. There are many causes of TMJ dysfunction but dental changes are a common cause. Following changes to the mouth due to trauma or loss of teeth there is a large change in mechanics to the TMJ. This can increase stress on the joint itself as well as the muscles and other soft tissue structures around the face and head causing pain.

Physiotherapy can help to reduce the stress to the joint and soft tissue structures using a range of different treatment approaches including soft tissue massage, education, relaxation, exercises, manual therapy and acupuncture.

What are the symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders?

  • Pain and tenderness over the jaw and face
  • Headaches and ear pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Jaw joint clicking, grating noises
  • Clenching of the jaw
  • Grinding of teeth (Bruxism)
  • Reduced mouth opening
  • Locking of the jaw

What can I expect at my first visit?

Your first visit will be a consultation with Elsa. Your symptoms and difficulties will be discussed in depth and a medical history will also be taken. A thorough physical examination of your neck, jaw and posture will be carried out with more specific testing dependent upon your main problem.

Elsa will then talk you through her assessment findings and discuss with you the treatment strategy most appropriate to you. Dependent upon the findings you may be given education and exercises to initiate your treatment.