Are you having trouble getting your mouth around that burger? Can’t yawn properly? And why do you get that clicking noise?
Jaw or facial pain and dysfunction can often be complex and debilitating. At first you presume you should see your dentist, but your dentist sends you to a doctor and your doctor sends you to a physiotherapist and you end up feeling stuck in a maze of more bills than answers.
Unfortunately this is not an uncommon scenario due to the many possible contributing factors to jaw pain and the communication gap between various professionals. Being directed to the right form of treatment for your problems can take a bit of investigating.
So what could be contributing to your jaw or facial pain and that clicking sound?
Contributing factors could include one or more of:
- Jaw muscle clenching and over use
- Jaw muscle spasm following lengthy dental procedures
- Jaw joint stiffness, inflammation or locking
- Trauma to the jaw from a blow to the face or a car accident
- Dental causes such as tooth infection
- Upper neck joint stiffness
- Prolonged postural changes to the upper back and neck
- Stress or psychological influences
For the most part your physiotherapist will be able to guide you to the appropriate cause and management for your jaw or facial pain. They can use a variety of treatment methods including massage, neck or jaw joint mobilisation, exercises, dry needling, postural education, muscle strengthening…the list goes on. Most importantly, they will help you identify what the contributing factors are to YOUR presentation and work with you to develop a plan to optimise your symptoms and improve your ability to manage your condition long term.
A multi-disciplinary team approach with effective communication can sometimes be necessary to address multiple contributing factors and achieve the best outcome for your pain. Call the clinic on 9387 4999 to find out what is causing your jaw pain today.