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TREATING TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DYSFUNCTION
Do you have jaw pain when chewing? Does your jaw lock or do you have limited mobility? Does your jaw pop or click? Do you have facial pain or headaches? These are just a few symptoms that can be associated with Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction or TMJ Disorder. In many instances the cause of TMJ pain can be difficult to determine, but there can be some contributing factors. A direct blow to the jaw is the most obvious. However, malalignment of the teeth, grinding your teeth at night (bruxism), postural dysfunction, arthritis or genetics can all be potential factors. TMJ can also affect the muscles around the jaw contributing to symptoms.
If your jaw makes noise, but is not painful, most likely you do not require treatment. If you have pain, or difficulty opening your mouth, conservative treatment helps it resolve and typically symptoms are temporary. Your dentist can fabricate an oral appliance to help your jaw rest and rule out infection or other disorders that could cause pain. Physical Therapists who are TMJ specialists can assist with postural factors, jaw immobility and muscular involvement. If you do happen to experience jaw symptoms, therapists at Aquahab can assist you in the direction of treatment. Below are three simple exercises to help with your symptoms.