TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Disorder

If your jaw is tight after a long day or you notice a headache that starts near your jawline you may be suffering from TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Disorder. Passive and manual physiotherapy treatments can help relieve your pain.

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Are you experiencing pain in your jawbone and cheek? Suddenly experiencing frequent headaches, earaches or ringing in your ears? Not sure what is causing that pain? The tiny little joint where your jaw meets your cheek bone acts like a sliding hinge, allowing you to do daily activities you take for granted like talking or chewing your food. This joint, known as TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint), can experience dysfunction and become inflamed. This condition is often referred to as TMJ Disorder, or TMD for short.

TMD happens to people of all ages for many different reasons. If you are experiencing jaw pain or have been diagnosed with TMJ Disorder you don’t have to live in pain. There are treatments available to you.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Facts

  • Injury to your jaw, the joint, or the muscles of your head and neck can lead to TMD (i.e., whiplash, concussions or motor vehicle accidents).
  • Grinding your teeth due to stress puts excessive strain on the joint and surrounding muscles contributes to TMD.
  • The Temporomandibular Joint area becomes inflamed and sore due to the muscles in your face that control the joint.
  • Poor posture can lead to overuse of face and neck muscles causing pain and strain.
  • Lack of restful sleep and grinding your teeth at night contributes to TMD.
  • Pain can be temporary or last years.

TMJ Pain & Symptoms

  • Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint or temple
  • Pain in your neck or shoulders
  • Pain in or around your ear when you speak, chew or open your mouth wide
  • Clicking or popping sounds in your jaw when you open/close your mouth or when you are chewing
  • Misalignment in your teeth when you try to chew or close your mouth
  • Tired and sore in your jaw after a night of sleep
  • Toothaches, headaches, earaches, dizzy spells
  • Muscle pain, face spasms, and ringing in your ears

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is imperative that you book an assessment today to prevent further injury and prolonged recovery time.

Cause & Treatment

Treatments for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder include physiotherapy, bite guards and anti-inflammatory medications. A physical examination by one of our university trained therapists at Bourassa & Associates Rehabilitation followed by a tailored treatment plan can help you alleviate the pain. Treatment can include but is not limited to:

  • Stretching exercises for your overworked jaw, face and neck muscles
  • Strengthening exercises for your weak jaw, face or neck muscles
  • Correcting postural issues
  • Manual stretching and mobilization of the jaw and neck joints
  • Pain relieving electrical, light or ultrasound therapy

Book Your Treatment & Start TODAY!

With over 30 years of experience and 19 clinics across Saskatchewan, you can get started the same day you call, no doctor’s referral needed. Find a clinic near you to book an appointment today. Let Bourassa & Associates help guide you back to feeling your best.


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