TMJ / JAW PAIN

TMJ
JAW PAIN EXPLAINED

Did you know?

  • Your jaw is a hinge joint – the TMJ, or temporomandibular joint.
  • A stiff neck, a blow to the face, teeth grinding or poor posture can all lead to jaw pain.
  • If your jaw clicks when you open and close your mouth, you could have a TMJ disorder.
  • You can experience ongoing jaw pain after major dental work.
  • Lock jaw is caused by a problem with your TMJ.
 

TMJ problems can lead to jaw stiffness and/or ear symptoms similar to tinnitus. More often than not, they also result in severe and debilitating pain.

To make matters worse, jaw pain can radiate up into your neck, face and head.

Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy specialises in treating all kinds of TMJ disorders. Our team is highly experienced in getting to the cause of jaw pain and bringing relief.

IS PHYSIOTHERAPY THE ANSWER FOR 
JAW PAIN?

If you injured your knee or back, you wouldn’t think twice about making an appointment with your physiotherapist. But jaw pain?

Yes. If you are suffering from pain associated with your TMJ, an experienced physiotherapist is often the best place to start.

Your TMJ – like all the other joints in your body – is made up of joint surfaces, cartilage discs and supported by muscles and tendons. And of course, when it comes to joints, treatment by a physiotherapist can help:

  • Ease pain
  • Relieve stiffness, and
  • Improve function and mobility.
 

When you come to our clinic, your physiotherapist will get to know your history, take you through a thorough assessment process and answer any of your questions.

Once we have an accurate picture of your condition we:

  • Talk to you about the best treatment options
  • Create a personalised program
  • Suggest exercises for you to do at home, and
  • Give you strategies to manage your condition and your pain.
 

Our approach for TMJ problems and jaw pain includes:

  • Gentle hands-on physiotherapy to improve your range of motion
  • Exercises that help you align your jaw correctly
  • Techniques to strengthen the muscles around your jaw, and
  • Education around poor posture and the need to stretch and move regularly.

GET HELP NOW

Jaw pain can be extremely debilitating. If you or a family member is experiencing severe or regular headaches, don’t wait – get help from an experienced physiotherapist. You can be confident our qualified and highly skilled physiotherapists will do all they can to get to the source of your pain and bring relief.

Call Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy today on 4721 7798 or email: info@progressiverehab.com.au

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.