Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (Jaw Pain)
What is TMD?
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) is an umbrella term covering pain and dysfunction of the jaw joint/s. Symptoms of TMD can include one or more of the following:
- Pain, locking or clicking in your jaw
- Headaches of a deep, dull nature on one or both sides of your head with pain that may be radiating into your jaw
- One sided neck muscle tightness and pain
TMD is a major cause of non dental pain in the regions of the face, mouth, neck and head and is due to problems with our Tempormandibular Joints (jaw joints) and their associated muscles and nerves.
In population based studies, TMD affects up to 15% of adults between the ages of 20-40 years and is twice as common in women than men.
How can Physiotherapy help TMD?
At Goulburn Physiotherapy Centre we have 2 physiotherapists whom are trained in the assessment and management of TMD.
Treatment may involve muscle release techniques, joint mobilising, discussion with your dentist or orthodontist about teeth position and splinting, exercises and activity modifications with studies showing a strong reduction in symptoms associated with TMD.
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