The jaw is one of our most used body parts - eating, talking, breathing and expressing our emotions. Given how much we use it, things can go wrong, and it can hurt!
Jaw pain is very uncomfortable and can often be associated with ear pain, neck pain and face pain. The joint in question is the temporo-mandibular joint or TMJ which connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull. It is a complex joint and serves as the hinge around which the jaw moves. The joint can get irritated and inflamed, the disc can get struck forward, and the joint can get stiff - or the opposite, and have way too much movement - and you end up in severe discomfort.
How can PhysioWest help?
At PhysioWest, we understand jaw pain is often multifactorial. Our physios will assess your jaw joint (your TMJ) and identify whether the pain is due to external muscular issues, a neck problem, or a combination. We may offer a range of treatment options, including passive joint mobilisation and exercises. Dry needling can be very effective along with other treatments available to help relieve the symptoms. See more information on physiotherapy techniques here.