Temporomandibular joint pain

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a joint located either side of the face and joins the jaw to the skull. TMJ pain is quite common and can be associated with abnormal jaw movements and noises.

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Temporomandibular joint pain

The symptoms for jaw (TMJ) pain include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, which may extend into the face
  • Locking or clicking of the jaw
  • An ache or discomfort around the ear which may be associated with a feeling of fullness
  • Headache

Temporomandibular joint pain

The cause of TMJ pain can vary and various treatments are available. Common causes include: jaw clenching (which can be caused by stress), arthritis, issues with teeth, a knock or other acute injury. Occasionally there is no specific cause. TMJ pain can also be associated with neck pain or headaches.

Treatment and management options

  • In the acute phase, avoiding aggravating activities is important (particularly eating dense goods or chewing gum).
  • Muscle release work from your treating practitioner which may extend to the neck and rib cage.
  • Gentle exercises targeted at improving the jaw movement and general posture.
  • Tips and tricks to help self-manage pain and relax jaw.
  • Your TMJ pain may be managed in conjunction with your GP or dentist

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