Jaw pain can be due to pain around jaw joint (Temperomandibular joint) or referred from another surrounding area of jaw (eg neck).
Temporomandibular disorders occur as a problem with jaw joint, ligament and surrounding jaw or face muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw.
Very often, jaw pain can also leads to chronic pain and recurrent headaches.
Symptoms of Jaw (Temperomandibular Joint-TMJ) Pain
- Dull, aching jaw pain when open or close mouth
- Clicking, popping sound
- Difficulty in control Biting or chewing
- Swelling on 1 side of face
- Inabiity to open jaw wide, feel ‘stuck’ or ‘lock’
- Discomfort on head or ear, especially in the morning
- Headache, Migraine, Dizziness, especially in the morning
- Ear problems such as earache, hearing loss, tinnitus
- Tenderness on touch
- Neck and shoulder pain
Causes of Jaw (Temperomandibular Joint-TMJ) Pain
The causes of jaw pain is unclear, many factors may place stress on the jaw joint, muscles:
- Trauma/ Injury/ Heavy blow/ Whiplash accident to the jaw, temporomandibular joint, or muscles of the head and neck
- Excessive biting, chewing, eating
- Clenching or grinding teeth
- Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Jaw dislocation
- Myofascial Pain sydrome
What are the treatments for Jaw (Temperomandibular Joint-TMJ) Pain?
At heal360 Physioclinic, our therapists have experiences in assessing and treating people with Jaw (Temperomandibular Joint-TMJ) Pain.
Our physical therapeutic treatment will reduce you pain and restore range of movement and success with functional activities such as eating, talking and chewing.
Jaw pain treatment program may include:
- Physiotherapy and rehabilitation therapy
- Pain Relief/ Tissue Healing treatment: such as ultrasound, TENS, muscle stimulation and heat to promote healing and physical function
- Joint mobilisation: temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the 2 joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull.
- Soft tissues manipulations such as trigger point release over jaw-closing muscles (masseter, temporalis, and medial pterygoid) and two jaw-opening muscles (lateral pterygoid and digastric
- Upper Cervical neck pain treatment: if you have chronic stiffness or misalignment in your neck, shoulders, or upper back, it can directly affect the function of your jaw joints.
- Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a hands-on technique using light pressure, to releases tension in the connective tissue and encourages the flow of fluid between the cranium, spine, and sacrum
- Prescribing exercises to relieve pain and stiffness and improve muscle strength
- Stress management
Our Non-invasive, Fast, Effective Treatment for Jaw Pain
At heal360 Physioclinic, our therapist adopts our own signature painrelief360™ program with a detailed comprehensive assessment to find your root cause and targeted cost-effective solution for your jaw pain. Our therapist works with you closely to achieve fast optimal results and return back to active lifestyle.