Alleviating the Ache of TMJD

 

Does your jaw click, pop or grind with movement?  Do you clench and grind your teeth at night?  Do you wake up with head pain that feels like you have been wearing a hat that is too small?  You feel groggy, as if you have not slept enough?

Then you just might have TMJD – Temporomandibular Joint Disorder/Dysfunction.  It can also can be referred to as TMJ Syndrome.

The most common symptoms of TMJD are:

  • Stiff jaw muscles
  • A jaw that locks or has limited movement
  • Painful clicking, popping, or grating in the jaw joint
  • Pain in the chewing muscles or jaw joint
  • Pain in the jaw, neck, or face
  • Changes in the fit between upper and lower teeth
 TMJD

 

In most cases, TMJ can be treated with self management and non surgical treatments.  In more severe cases, eating and speaking may become challenging and painful.

It is difficult to pin point the exact cause of TMJD.   It can be related to extensive dental work, arthritis, jaw and/or head injury.  Jaw injuries include any blows to the face and head.  They can also be associated with car accidents, which can lead to muscle tightening of the neck and facial muscles.

Physical therapy can help strengthen and return the smoothest range of motion to the joint.  In addition, manual therapy can work to relieve the pain and muscle tension.  At OSR, we can help you manage the symptoms.

Should you be experiencing symptoms of TMJ, do not hesitate to contact OSR.  Our team is ready to relieve your pain and discomfort!

 

 

References

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/tmj-treatment-options

 

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