If you have ever had jaw pain, you will know how uncomfortable it is, A pain that stops you from eating anything that isnt blended isn't much fun. Having temporo-mandibular pain (jaw pain) stops you from doing anything that requires opening of the mouth and even small movements can cause clicking and locking in the jaw.
The temporo-mandibular joint (or TMJ) is made up of 2 bones with round surfaces (the mandible and temporal) with a disc in between that allows the glide and movement so you can yawn, eat, chew and talk.
This way this joint can get messed up in a number of ways including, bad teeth, grinding habits, poor bite patterns and neck issues that might relate to posture. With all that we now we have a very angry disc.
So what are the signs of temporo-mandibular pain?
There are a number of different signs and each person will be a little different but the main things you will notice if you have temporo-mandibular pain are:
So what are the different types of TMJ pain?
The differnt types really boil down to 3.
What causes it?
In most cases there are a few factors that often lead to jaw problems. An expert in jaw pain can explain which ones you have after doing an assessment. Some of the more common are:
What can I do about it?
the first step in treating it is identifying and addressing the factors above. After that treatment can include a number techniques to assist the mucle and joint function:
Senior physiotherapist and jaw pain expert at Eagle Vale and Liverpool
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