Temporo-mandibular Joint Dysfunction

Posted on November 27th, 2011

On the 5th and the 6th of November, Amelia attended a course on the Everyday Diagnosis and Treatment of the Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction. For those of you who don’t know, the temporo-mandibular joint is the jaw joint which often manifests as a pain of movements of the mouth such as with chewing, clenching and yawning .

The two day course was run by the Australian Dental Association with speakers’ physiotherapist Mark Latimer and prosthodontist Dr Neil Peppit. The course covered the examination and diagnosis of jaw and neck pain, clicks and locks of the jaw and physiotherapy management of these conditions.

If you experience any pain associated with eating, clenching your teeth or yawning or you hear a painful click when you open or close your mouth you may have a jaw joint dysfunction. Your physiotherapist can help with these conditions and intervene before the condition progresses. Without intervention this condition can lead to chronic pain.

Tennis Elbow

Posted on November 15th, 2011

Yes, tennis elbow can be caused by playing tennis BUT there are many other reasons why people can develop this painful and often functionally limiting condition….

Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is a condition in which the tendons of the forearm become inflammed at their point of origin (the outside of the elbow – right on the bone).

Signs & Symptoms

People with tennis elbow tend to report a slow onset of pain and tenderness on the outside of their elbow and at times the pain spreads down their forearm. They experience pain when lifting and gripping objects. Their pain usually settles with rest. Swelling can sometimes be observed with more severe cases.

So why does it happen?

Most of the time lateral epicondylitis is caused by overuse of the wrist extensors. It can also be caused by direct trauma to the muscle origin. At times it can also occur with dysfunctional movement patterns in the upper arm which places a high stress load on the muscle origin.

Who does it affect?

It tends to occur in populations such as carpenters, plumbers, painters and gardeners. But any lengthy, ongoing, repetitive activitiy that involves the wrist extensors muscles can cause tennis elbow. Within the sporting population, it can cause problems with tennis players and golfers.

What treatment is involved?

The most effective form of treatment for tennis elbow is to identify the problem task and either rest from it, avoid it or have a physiotherapy assessment to identify and alter possible movement dysfunctions. Other treatment methods include; applying ice to the inflammed muscles, soft tissue massage, myofascial triggerpointing, dry-needling, Ultrasound,  eccentric strengthening of the wrist extensors, stretches, and bracing around the elbow to reduce the strain to the muscles.