Before our practitioners can determine the appropriate solution for your specific jaw pain treatment plan, they will thoroughly assess you with standard medical, Orthopedic and special Osteopathic tests.
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) allows the mandible (jaw bone) to connect to the skull and allows for biting and chewing and talking.
Temporomandibular joint disorder is a term that covers any kind of pain involving the main joint connecting the jaw to the skull or any of the muscles surrounding the joint.
This disorder is often divided into 3 categories:
- Muscle pain and dysfunction
- Internal joint derangement
- Degenerative joint disease
Pain can often be a dull ache that may travel into the face or neck and can also involve painful clicking, locking or popping of the jaw. The range of the joint may also be limited with a disorder present and my not allow the patient to fully open their mouth.
Pain in the area can be caused by a number of reasons. Issues with the joint itself can often causing locking or clicking that is associated with pain.
A hypermobile or hypermobile jaw may contribute to pain, although common causes of TMJ disorder occur due to trauma, teeth grinding and stress.
A clinical assessment along with thorough history taking is needed to determine the cause of the disorder. Jaw Pain Treatment is found to be effective using the following modalities:
- Digital Ischemic Pressure
- Heat Therapy
- Dry needling
- Joint mobilisation
- Friction massage
- Decreased jaw use
If you have any questions in regards to this condition do not hesitate to call our team to arrange an appointment.
For more information on how our team can help you, or to book an appointment contact us on (03) 9470 1010.