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Jaw Pain

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Open your mouth without pain.

If you are suffering from jaw pain, Temporomandibular Joint Function (TMJ) Dysfunction and headaches we have the treatment for you.

Jaw pain can be a sign of something as common as a toothache or serious as a heart attack. It can range from mild irritation to a debilitating condition that hinders your ability to eat and speak. 

Many things can cause jaw pain, from sinuses and ears to teeth or jaw. This means it can be difficult to tell if your jaw pain is because of a jaw issue or something else. 

Your jawbone, also called the mandible, connects to your skull at a pair of joints known as the Temporomandibular joints (TMJs). These joints are just in front of your ears, letting you open and close your mouth. Your jaw also holds your teeth and gums, which can be sensitive to heat, cold or pressure. They can also get infected if you don’t keep them clean.

Common symptoms of jaw pain.

  • Difficulty Chewing and Eating.
  • Pain in the face, jaw or ear area
  • Headaches (often mimicking migraines), earaches, and pain and pressure behind the eyes
  • A clicking or popping sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • A jaw that “gets stuck,” locked or goes out of place
  • Tenderness of the jaw muscles
  • Swelling of the face

Common causes and jaw pain.

  • Disk (cartilage protector) erodes or moves out of alignment 
  • Arthritic damage to joint cartilage 
  • Joint damage from impact

Benefits of physiotherapy treatment.

  • Opening your mouth without pain
  • Eating and chewing without pain
  • Ability to eat your favourite food
  • Reduce headaches caused by jaw pain
  • Better night sleeps
  • Reduced irritability caused by jaw pain 

Physiotherapy treatment for jaw pain/ injuries.

Our jaw pain treatment involves six steps to alleviate or eliminate your symptoms.

We are sorry you are experiencing discomfort.

On the bright side, our research shows that most people experiencing jaw pain are unsure where to seek help, but you have come to the right place. 

We can help. 

Six steps to fix your jaw pain.

Observation & Palpation (“look and feel”)

A lot of useful information can be gained from a skilled physiotherapist 

Our highly-skilled physiotherapists can gain useful information by looking at how your jaw moves when it is open. 

  • Does your mouth stay straight, or does it deviate to one side?  
  • Are there any clicks or popping sounds?  

Feeling the joint properly will give us an understanding of the problem (e.g. Ligament, disc, joint or muscle problem).

Measurement

Accurately measuring your jaw movement (opening, side-to-side, forwards/backwards) can reveal subtle problems with the jaw joint and surrounding muscles.

Diagnosis and Begin Treatment

Following your jaw assessment we will give you a diagnosis that will determine the best treatment for your pain. Treatment can involve gentle massage, mobilisation of the jaw joint, and exercises to stretch and strengthen the jaw area.

Perform your Prescribed Exercises

We will give you exercises to help your jaw improve in between physiotherapy treatments. Like any exercise program, the best results are seen after 4-6 weeks of performing the exercises complementing your treatment.  

Simply put, patients who perform their exercises get the best results.

During this phase, it is important to attend your follow-up appointments with the physiotherapist, who can progress your exercises as your symptoms improve.

Reassess

By week 6, most people report significant improvement (if not total resolution!) of their symptoms.

Reassessment by the physiotherapist (Steps 1 & 2 = Touch & Feel, Measurement) will show improvement in the amount of movement and a reduction in deviation, clicking and locking symptoms.

Maintain

Congratulations! You have made it to the final stage.  By now, your jaw issues are most likely a thing of the past. 

Unfortunately, people with jaw problems have a high risk of recurrence because the underlying cause is often still present (e.g. Stress/clenching/grinding).

The good news is now that you’ve done the hard work, the easy part is maintaining your jaw. Your physiotherapist will advise you on the best way to maintain your jaw, whether it is having “hands-on” treatment, performing some exercises for the jaw, or both.

Make an appointment with Physio Professionals to start your 6-step process to be jaw pain free.

We will give you the best possible treatment for the best possible outcome.