The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to the skull. If there is an injury to this joint or it becomes damaged, it can cause jaw pain. TMJ dysfunctions can also be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, gum chewing, arthritis, teeth grinding or jaw injury. Symptoms of this TMJ disorder include pain in the jaw, jaw popping, headaches, locking of the jaw and earache.
A physiotherapist will analyze your jaw mobility and release muscle tension in the neck and head area. A comprehensive evaluation is done of the neck, shoulder girdle, and thoracic spine to determine if those structures are causing your symptoms. The goal of physiotherapy is to restore the proper movement pattern in your jaw.