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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is my upper back and neck pain related to TMJ?

    I have problems with my TMJ and am having a Michigan splint made, and will be seeing a TMJ Specialist Physio… I do have quite severe neck and upper back pain though, which doesnt go away depsite regular physio/fixing my posture when I notice I'm slouching. I'm worried thinking this is all TMJ related is a mistake.

    What else could be causing this? And what specialist looks after this?
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    Kerry Read


    Headline Physiotherapy for the Head Neck and Jaw deals specifically with TMJ Facial Pain Headache Migraine and other musculoskeletal issues involving the cranial area. All … View Profile

    A specialist TMJ physio should include all your aches and pains in their assessment. They will be able to tell you whether these pains are related to the problems you are having with your jaw joint. Addressing underlying problems with the jaw and the mouth can often be the key to improving niggling aches and pains in the neck and upper back which have not responded to direct treatment. The physio should give you a treatment plan which answers all the questions above and if you go ahead with treatment you should notice results within the first few treatments. Hopefully this will put your mind at rest.

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