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Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction

What is Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction?

It refers to pain and compromised movement of the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles.

Can physiotherapy help people with TMJ Dysfunction?

Yes. Physiotherapy treatment can help reduce the pain and movement problems associated with TMJ dysfunction.

What are the causes of TMJ Dysfunction?

  • Pain and movement problems

  • Internal derangement in the joint

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Other types of arthritis

  • Injury

  • Looseness of the jaw

  • Jaw clenching and teeth grinding

  • Poor posture

How do I know if I have TMJ Dysfunction?

You will experience the following symptoms:

  • Dull, aching pain in the jaw, face, ear, and teeth

  • Pain may spread to the scalp, neck or shoulders

  • Some people experience headaches

  • Pain is worse when chewing, yawning or talking for a long time

  • Jaw muscle tenderness

  • Noise in the joint

  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth

  • Jaw locking

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