Temporomandibular Joint Pain
Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ) can cause you to feel pain every time you talk, chew or yawn. Pain usually starts to appear in the joint itself, in front of the ear, but it may move elsewhere in the skull, face, or jaw and lead to headaches, dizziness and even migraines.
TMJ syndrome may cause ear pain, ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Sometimes people mistake TMJ pain for an ear problem, when the ear is not the problem at all. When the joints move, you may hear sounds, such as clicking, grating, and or popping. Your face and mouth may swell on the affected side.
TMJ pain can arise from several causes, and sometimes the cause isn’t known. A lot of dental work, a systemic disease like rheumatoid arthritis or chronic fatigue syndrome, a blow to the face, degenerative changes in the joint or displacement of an important piece of movable cartilage called the ‘disc’ can all be at fault.
Very often the pain originates not in the joint itself, but in the muscles. This is called myofascial pain syndrome. Painful ‘trigger points’ can press on blood vessels, interfering with circulation and causing pain. This can be due to ‘nocturnal bruxism’ (grinding your teeth at night) which is usually associated with stress and anxiety.
Recently researchers at the University of Seville in Spain found that patients with myofascial pain experienced significant relief from Dry Needling Therapy. The effect lasted up to six months and those with the worst pain at the start improved the most.
Why not call Pain Remedial Clinic and find out if Dry Needling can do the same for you?