TMJ Treatment in Courtice
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
TMD, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction, is a frequent ailment that restricts the typical functions of the jaw, such as opening and chewing. It’s commonly referred to mistakenly as just “TMJ,” which is the name of the joint. TMD affects more women than males, and it is most commonly diagnosed in those between the ages of 20 and 40. Poor posture, prolonged jaw clenching, and misalignment of the teeth are among the reasons, as are fractures and diseases like lockjaw, in which the muscles around the jaw spasm and limit the opening of the mouth. Physio Touch Courtice can help you with TMD by relieving discomfort, restoring natural jaw movement, and reducing daily jaw stress.
What Is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)?
TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) is a common ailment that causes pain and impairs the natural function of the jaw, such as opening and chewing. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge joint in front of your ear that links your mouth to your skull. The TMJ controls jaw mobility and allows you to talk, yawn, or chew by opening and closing your mouth and moving it from side to side. TMD can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Bad posture habits: One of the reasons TMD is so widespread is that many of us spend so much time at a desk, where we frequently hold our heads too far forward when working. There are, however, many additional types of improper posture. Long commutes in the car, working at a checkout counter, and always holding your child on the same hip can all put the head in an unnatural position and cause jaw difficulties. The TMJ’s muscles, discs, and ligaments are strained by the “forward head position.” The chewing muscles are overworked when the jaw is forced to “rest” in an open position.
- Chronic jaw clenching (“bruxism”): Many people clench their jaws when sleeping, usually as a result of stress. Some people clench their teeth throughout the day, particularly when they are in a stressful circumstance. The TMJ and its surrounding muscles are strained as a result of this.
- Problems with teeth alignment (“malocclusion”): When performing everyday jaw actions like eating, the TMJ is put under more stress if your teeth are positioned in an odd way.
- Fracture: A fracture to the lower jaw may arise from a violent injury involving the face or head, causing TMD. TMJ stiffness and pain may persist even after the fracture has healed completely.
- Surgery: Following certain types of face and jaw surgery, people may experience a decrease of TMJ movement and function.
- Trismus (“lockjaw”): TMD can be both a cause and a symptom of this condition, in which the jaw muscles spasm and the jaw cannot fully open. Trismus can also be caused by jaw injuries, tetanus, or radiation therapy to the face and neck.
- Displacement of the disc or soft-tissue cushion located between the ball and socket of the TMJ, which causes popping or clicking of the jaw and, frequently, pain.
- Arthritis in the TMJ.
Symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
TMD symptoms might be short-lived or continue for years. The most common symptom is jaw pain. TMD can cause the jaw to lock or become trapped in one position or another. You might get headaches, have difficulty chewing particular meals, or have trouble fully opening your mouth.
TMD symptoms include:
- Jaw pain
- Popping sounds in your jaw
- Neck pain
- Locking jaw
- Jaw fatigue
- Ringing in your ears
Jaw pain can sometimes be a sign of a heart attack. If your jaw discomfort is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, seek medical help right away.
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Left arm pain
- Numbness in the left arm
Your physiotherapist at Physio Touch Courtice may try the following to figure out what’s causing your symptoms:
- Examine your medical history and speak with your doctor about any previous surgeries, fractures, or other injuries to your head, neck, or jaw.
- Ask you to detail your symptoms, including any headaches, and look for any neck and TMJ pain patterns.
- Examine your jaw and neck, paying special attention to the soft tissue and muscles in the area.
Your physiotherapist will examine your posture and the movement of your cervical spine, which is the upper part of your spine that is located in your neck. Your physiotherapist will assess your TMJ to see how well it functions and if any irregularities in your jaw movements exist.
If your physiotherapist feels that your pain is caused by the position (“alignment”) of your teeth following the assessment, the therapist will recommend that you see your dentist for a more thorough examination.
Treatments of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
Your physiotherapists at Physio Touch Courtice can assist you in regaining natural jaw movement and reducing pain. Your therapist will choose therapies that are most effective for you based on your condition. Among your options for treatment are:
While you sit with your head tilted forward, you put more strain on the muscles beneath your chin, causing the lower jaw to draw back and the mouth to open even when you’re resting, putting more strain on the TMJ. You can also be overworking your jaw muscles in order to keep your mouth from being open all the time. When you sit or walk, your physiotherapist will educate you how to be more conscious of your posture so that you can improve the resting position of your jaw, head, neck, breastbone, and shoulder blades.
Improving Jaw Movement
Physiotherapists at Physio Touch Courtice utilise expert hands-on techniques (manual therapy) to help tissues and joints move more freely and relieve discomfort. Manual therapy may be used by your physiotherapist to stretch the jaw and restore normal joint and muscle flexibility, as well as to break up scar tissues (adhesions) that can form when there is persistent injury.
Your physiotherapist will give you unique “low-load” exercises that can strengthen your jaw muscles and restore a more natural, pain-free motion without putting too much pressure on your TMJ.
Special Pain Treatments
If your pain is severe, your physiotherapist may use electrical stimulation or ultrasound to help you feel better.
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What to Expect on Your First Visit:
- At Physio Touch Courtice, you will register with our friendly front office staff.
- A comprehensive assessment by a Physiotherapist or other Health Care Provider will take you through a detailed history of your major physical concern, assessment of your range of motion and strength, as well as a variety of special tests specific to your injury or dysfunction. These assessment findings are analyzed and used to create a clinical impression. This will help us to better identifying and understanding your problem and formulating and effective treatment plan tailored specifically for your needs and to achieve the realistic goals. This treatment plan could involve a number of things including therapeutic exercises, therapeutic modalities, manual mobilizations, massage, patient and family education, activity modification, home exercise programs, supervised exercise programs and many others.
- There will be some treatments performed the first day to get you started on your path to recovery. However, during the next visits you will get into all aspects of your treatment plan.
- Our staff will help you scheduling your next visits at Physio Touch Courtice as per treatment plan recommended by related Health Care Provider. We offer many convenient appointment times, however, prime times can become busy, so it is best to book ahead as much as possible.
- If you have any questions at any time, please do not hesitate to call. We want to ensure your satisfaction and full recovery.
Before Your First Visit
- You will receive a confirmation email shortly after booking your appointment.
- This email will contain some forms which you can fill out and sign from your device in handy.
- If you have any questions, ask us before signing the form.
- If you are not able to access the forms online, please arrive 15 minutes early for your first appointment so that we can help you with the paperwork.
- Make a list of questions that you want to discuss on your first visit.
- Bring with you if you have any imaging reports (i.e., X-rays, Ultrasound/MRI etc.) and doctor’s referral.
- Bring with you a copy of your insurance card and a photo ID.