At InnerStrength of Bayside we have Physiotherapists with a special interest in treating the jaw, especially when it is contributing to headaches. We employ experienced Physios who have done extensive additional training about the treatment and rehabilitation of the jaw. So, if your jaw is giving you trouble make an appointment online here or call us on 8555 4099.
How will the Physiotherapists at InnerStrength help you?
We help patients suffering with jaw problems every day. We focus on relieving muscle spasm and addressing imbalances in the jaw and neck joints. Often massage, joint mobilisation, exercises and alterations in life-style may be all that is needed to cure jaw pain.
Having treatment that involves a Physio sticking their fingers inside your mouth can be uncomfortable and anxiety provoking for some patients. Our Physios are aware of this and will always opt for external techniques initially. They will only perform internal techniques with your permission.
Physiotherapists are able to determine if further interventions, like wearing a night splint is necessary and we can refer you to a specialist doctor if required.
Common Symptoms associated with jaw problems:
Pain is the most common symptom and may be associated with limitation of jaw opening. The pain can be felt directly near the jaw joints, as a headache or neck ache.
Clicking is another common symptom. This clicking sound may be so loud that it can be heard by others when you chew. This clicking can be produced by the disc being caught between the two bones of the jaw.
Catching or Locking of the jaw joints may feel like the lower jaw is catching as it opens. When the TMJ Disc goes out of place, the bones and disc do not fit together properly which can result in locking or catching.
Vertigo, Fullness and Ringing in the ears is often felt, due to the close relationship of the jaw and the ears.
Headaches located in the temples and back of the head can come from the jaw. Clenching and grinding of the teeth produce muscle tightness which can cause headache. A displaced disc in the jaw may cause pain in the temples that is so severe that it is often confused with a migraine.
Teeth and Facial pain may actually be referred pain from the joint, muscles and disc of the jaw.
What causes jaw pain?
Often a direct blow to the jaw caused by sporting contact or a car accident starts off a cascade of symptoms. A recent study found that one in three whiplash trauma subjects had delayed jaw related symptoms.
Other Common Causes include:
* Dental surgical procedures
* Chewing on hard food for a prolonged period of time
* Yawning or other activities involving overstretching
* Grinding your teeth
* Increased emotional stress
Ask our Physiotherapists at InnerStrength of Bayside about treatment options and further advice.