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Jaw Pain

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

  • Sinus problems

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Lupus

  • Prolonged mouth opening such as during a dental procedure

  • Poor neck posture

  • Stress

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

  • Earaches

  • Dizziness

  • Jaw locking

  • Dull aching to sharp stabbing pain

  • Becoming overly sensitive to pain

  • Vertigo

  • Toothache

  • Tension headaches

  • Nerve-type pain, such as burning

  • Fever

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