What is Jaw Pain?
It is a common problem affecting millions of people worldwide.
Can physiotherapy help people with jaw pain?
Yes. Majority of people recover following physiotherapy treatment, particular the types associated with a movement disorder affecting your muscle and jaw joint movement.
What causes jaw pain?
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) – A disorder of the temporomandibular joints, and the muscles responsible for jaw movement – muscles required to masticate our food
Teeth grinding and clenching during sleep and during increased emotional stress
Arthritis – osteoarthritis and osteoarthrosis
Osteomyelitis – infection of the bone of the jaw and associated tissues
Synovitis or capsulitis – inflammation of the lining of the jaw joint
Dental conditions like gum disease, cavities, tooth gaps, damaged teeth or abscess, removal of wisdom teeth
Prolonged mouth opening such as during a dental procedure
Poor neck posture
What are the symptoms of jaw pain?
Joint and muscle tenderness
Limited range of motion – limited jaw opening
Jaw alignment issues
Clicking or popping sounds with opening or closing of the jaw
Ringing in the ears
Dull aching to sharp stabbing pain
Becoming overly sensitive to pain
Nerve-type pain, such as burning
Not sure about your conditions?