TMJ

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The Temporo-Mandibular joint is the joint that connects the jaw bone to the skull. This facilitates the up-and-down, side-to-side movements of the jaw. Problems do occur with the joint connection and muscles, which will require TMJ therapy.

Heavy blows, and whiplash are the more common causes of Temporomandibular disorders, but trouble can also occur from:

  • Grinding teeth, which applies unnecessary pressure on the joint
  • Movement or irritation of the disc between the ball and socket of the joint
  • Arthritis
  • Stress

Treatment

  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). This form of treatment utilises electrical currents for pain relief by relaxing your facial muscles.
  • Ultrasound. Deep heat can relieve soreness or improve mobility.
  • Trigger-point injections. Pain medication is injected into the tender facial muscles called “trigger points” to give relief.
  • Radio wave therapy. These waves stimulate the joint, which increases blood flow and eases pain.
  • Low-level laser therapy. Targets inflammation to help increase mobility within the joint.