TMJ AND SINUS PAIN

TMJ DYSFUNCTION AND SINUS PAIN

If you have been experiencing chronic jaw pain then you know it can be very frustrating. Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) often causes severe pain and discomfort. It can be temporary or last many years. It might affect one or both sides of your face. More women than men have it, and it’s most common among people between the ages of 20 and 40.

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Symptoms may include:

  • Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide. 

  • You may experience problems when you open your mouth wide or your jaw gets “stuck” or “locked” in the open or closed position.

  • You may have clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you open or close your mouth or chew. This may or may not be painful.

  • A tired feeling in your face

  • Trouble chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite -- as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly

  • Swelling on the side of your face

Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)

Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) is a broad term that includes disorders of the temporomandibular joint and its associated anatomical structures. The disorder may be intra-articular, due to inflammation, internal structural changes (internal derangement) or degeneration, or it may be extra- articular due to imbalance or over-activity of the jaw muscles, commonly the muscles of mastication or the cervical muscles. There is a strong correlation between postural dysfunction of the cervical spine and TMD. There are numerous other conditions that can cause pain in the TMJ region. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis to ensure that the correct treatment is given and that potentially serious problems are not overlooked.

 

How We Treat:

If you have been experiencing one or many of the above symptoms then you should come in to see if we can help, I am very confident that we can!  As with any issue, we will perform a thorough evaluation in order to pinpoint what dysfunctions and impairments you have and that will guide us in developing your Plan of Care.  Your plan will include Manual Therapy to relieve the tension in the muscles of mastication and surrounding musculature of the head neck and shoulders as well as manipulation of the TemporoMandibular Joint itself to decrease pain and  improve mobility and function overall.  Your plan will also include Therapeutic Exercises to restore balance of the jaw, face, and head as well as increase strength of the weak muscles that may be affecting the jaw.  A Home Exercise Program will be given in order to support the treatment and improve outcomes and reduce recurrence.    

 

Sinus Pain

When people discuss sinus pain, Physical Therapy is usually not discussed as a treatment option.  There are many causes of sinus pain and for some people it can be a very uncomfortable chronic issue.  While Physical Therapy can not cure or eliminate  the cause of sinus pain, there are some Manual Therapy techniques that can alleviate some of the pressure and pain associated by working on specific muscles and soft tissue surrounding the face and head and mild joint manipulation to the Nasomaxillary suture (joint) .