Physiotherapy for TMJ at Terranova Physiotherapy in Richmond, BC
Do you know which joint is used the most in the human body? You’re right! It’s your jaw joint! You use your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) to eat, talk, breathe, and for facial expressions. But sometimes, that important jaw joint starts to hurt, and if it doesn’t go away quickly, it becomes Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD).
Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction
You might assume that pain and tenderness in your jaw would be the first symptom of TMJD, but many people don’t have pain. Here are some other symptoms:
- Clicking of your jaw
- Your jaw makes a popping noise
- Your jaw or teeth are grinding
- You can’t open your mouth all the way
- Your jaw deviates when opening – enough that you can see your mouth opening crooked in the mirror
- Not being able to clench your jaw fully
If you grind or clench your teeth, you are more likely to get TMJ Dysfunction. And that sets you up for jaw headaches, dizziness, ear pain, and even upper neck pain. Some TMJ patients have so much pain that they can’t eat, talk, or sing. And if you have ringing in your ears (Tinnitus), it might be from your TMJ dysfunction, too.
A TMJ Assessment at Terranova Physiotherapy in Richmond, BC
Every case of TMJ is a little bit different. So, the treatment process always starts with a thorough assessment by your physiotherapist at Terranova Physiotherapy in Richmond, BC. Then, they develop a comprehensive treatment plan with several different physiotherapy modalities to get to the root of the problem.
At Terranova Physiotherapy in Richmond, BC, we take a multi-faceted approach to TMJ disorders. Your physiotherapist will treat both the inside and outside of your mouth to lessen the pain and spasms that make you so uncomfortable.
Physiotherapy effectively treats TMJ disorder and related conditions like neck pain and headaches. So, call us today to make an appointment. Get a full assessment of your jaw pain to see how much relief you can get from TMJ therapy at Terranova Physiotherapy in Richmond, BC.