Are you struggling with jaw pain and clicking noises when you move your jaw?
Have you put off treatment hoping the pain will go away?
You may be suffering with TMJ!
In this blog, you will learn more about TMJ, what the warning signs are, and how to treat it.
It is important to catch TMJ early, as early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent further complications.
What Is TMJ?
TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint and refers to the jaw joint which connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull.
It is responsible for allowing you to open and close your mouth, enabling you to talk, chew and yawn.
TMJ affects the jaw joints and muscles in the face.
The exact cause of TMJ is not known, although it often results from stress, incorrect posture, grinding teeth, or trauma to the jaw area.
The Warning Signs
There are a range of treatments available for TMJ disorder. However, in order to start treatment you must first catch the following warning signs.
1 – Jaw Pain
This is usually the first sign that something is wrong with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
You may feel a sharp pain when you open and close your mouth, or have general discomfort in your jaw area.
Making it difficult to talk or swallow.
2 – Headaches
People who suffer from headaches often attribute them to stress.
But, if they become chronic and occur more frequently than normal, it could be related to TMJ.
Continued use of painkillers may help in the short term but it could cause serious issues in the long term!
3 – Ear Pain
If you experience pain or discomfort in your ears, it could be related to TMJ dysfunction.
This is due to the jawbone and ear canal being connected via a network of muscles and tendons.
Ear pain is a particularly frustrating symptom, not only is it uncomfortable, it can also effect your balance and sleeping schedule.
4 – Popping or Clicking Jaw Joints
If you hear popping or clicking sounds when you move your jaw, this may also be an indication of TMJ disorder.
Persistent jaw problems can lead to teeth grinding or uneven wear on your teeth, which can cause further dental issues and tooth damage.
5 – Difficulty Chewing
If your jaw suddenly feels tight and it’s difficult to open wide enough to eat properly, it could be a sign of TMJ disorder.
If left unaddressed, it may affect various aspects of your life.
Potentially leading to changes in diet and nutritional intake.
How To Treat It?
If you have experienced any of these warning signs of TMJ, please seek a proper diagnosis and treatment.
One of the best treatment methods is physical therapy.
Our physical therapists can help reduce your pain and improve jaw mobility by performing specific exercises that target the muscles of the jaw, neck, and face.
It is important to speak with someone in our team to determine which treatment option is best for you.
That’s why we are offering a Free Discovery Visit, to give you an opportunity to share your symptoms, discuss your options and most importantly set you up with a jaw free of pain.
We appreciate that as a jaw pain suffering, you’ve probably tried multiple quick fixes, spoke to lots of doctors, and taken countless painkillers.
We get that you might be sceptical.
However, we have seen thousands of patients just like yourself, who have entered the clinic full of doubt but left with zero pain.
You can schedule a Free Discovery Visit to find out more about physical therapy, how helpful it can be, and what treatment choices our team suggests.
There is a limited number of Free Discovery Visits available, and demand at the clinic is extremely high!
To arrange yours, click the link below or call us on 214-538-3559
More Expert Advice To Stop Chronic Pain Without Pills, Injections, Or Surgery
Visit our mPower Physical Therapy YouTube Channel and watch our expert videos such as 5 Mistakes That Lead To Chronic Recurring Back Pain.
Or listen to our popular Podcast such as The Jaw And Teeth And Their Relationship With Your Health