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Temporomandibular Disorder

“Temporomandibular Disorder” (TMD) is a collective term referring to a variety of conditions that can affect the area of the jaw next to the ear. The temperomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint formed where the upper part of the jaw bone meets the lower part of the head. It is thought that this disorder affects between 5% and 15% of the population.

Temporomandibular TMJ Disorder Brisbane Treatment

What are the symptoms of TMDs?

The most common symptoms include facial / jaw pain, headache, earache and neck pain. Clicking of the jaw may also be present when the mouth is opened / closed.

What causes TMDs?

TMDs can have varying causes. Dental factors such as clenching of teeth may predispose the individual to developing facial / jaw pain. Additionally, poor neck and head posture can also result in the TMJ and surrounding muscles becoming painful.

What should I do about it?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, it is best to talk to your dentist or one of our physiotherapists. The physiotherapist will take a thorough history of your symptoms, assess movement at the jaw and the neck, and formulate an appropriate treatment plan to assist with reducing symptoms.

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