27.Oct.17 | Legacy

Tempero-mandibular dysfunction (TMD) or jaw dysfunction is a common issue that effects between 10-15% of the population. Symptoms of TMD include headaches, pain in the region of the jaw, face and neck, as well as, ear blockage and pain.

There are many causes of TMD including clenching and grinding your teeth or direct trauma to the face or jaw from impact during sport and activity. TMD can also arise following extensive dental work and surgery.

The pain associated with TMD may be due to spasm in the muscles surrounding the jaw or from dysfunction inside the joint. The pain may also be referred from the muscles in your neck and head.

Common signs of TMD to watch for include:

  • Clicking or cracking sensations inside your mouth
  • Locking or seizing of the jaw in either the closed or open position. Pain and discomfort with chewing or yawning
  • Persistent facial pain and headaches.

Physiosports Brighton Physiotherapist Angus McDowell has completed professional training in regards to management and treatment of TMD and headaches. If you’re suffering any of these symptoms or have any questions feel free to give us a call on 03 9596 9110.