What is Jaw Lock? Why Is The Jaw Locked? How Is Jaw Lock Treated?

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📩 04/01/2023 08:45

Physical therapy and rehabilitation specialist Prof. Dr. Turan Uslu gave information on the subject. Jaw locking is a very painful condition, if not treated in time, the problem may continue to progress. Why is my jaw locking? Why is my chin getting stuck? Why is my jaw joint getting stiff? How is jaw lock treated?

"Jaw locking" is an uncomfortable condition that occurs when the jaw cannot be fully opened or closed, or when the jaw joint is stuck when opening and closing your mouth. What can cause jaw locking;

  • Spasm in the jaw muscles
  • Disc / cartilage degenerations within the jaw joint
  • Other disorders in the jaw joint (otherwise known as the jaw joint)
  • Jaw joint development disorders or injuries
  • Pathologies in maxillofacial structures.

The jaw joint is a joint located just in front of the ears where the skull bone meets the chin or lower jaw. The jaw joint consists of three parts, two bones forming the joint surface and a fibrocartilage disc. Additionally, it consists of ligaments, blood vessels, and some nerves. The disc has a fibrocartilage structure and acts as a cushion between the upper and lower parts of the joint. In some patients, the disc is intermittent or permanently dislodged, preventing the jaw from moving and working properly. These changes in joint structure cause compression of the jaw. Often times the patient will describe the feeling that the jaw is dislocated or misaligned.

What other symptoms or side effects does it have with locking jaw?

Before it is locked in, it may make a clicking sound when the jaw moves to talk and eat. You may notice that your jaw moves sideways or in a zigzag axis while extending or extending the jaw wide. In general, locking the jaw causes discomfort or pain along with feelings of anxiety and anxiety.

How is jaw lock treated?

There are various techniques to treat jaw locking and accompanying uncomfortable pain. Treatment options;

  • Conservative treatments (such as chin stretching exercises, medications, and hot compresses)
  • Mobilize the joint
  • Jaw joint guards (also called splints, oral instruments, mouth guards, etc.)
  • Injections (PRP application into the joint, steroid, IMS for jaw muscles, PRP prolotherapy for ligaments)
  • Washing the joint (arthroentesis)
  • Surgical removal of adhesions (arthroscopy) or other structures, very rarely required

The treatment required for each patient depends on several factors, such as the severity of the condition, how long the condition has lasted, what treatment options have been tried and failed. It is recommended that you start with the most conservative treatment option and if so, move on to the next step. Conservative treatment options such as massage, hot compresses and ice packs for the chin

It helps relax muscles and can reduce inflammation. For some patients, these conservative methods are sufficient to resolve jaw locking, while others may require mobilization, splints, or injections. Early evaluation and intervention can make the difference between a treatable short-term jaw joint problem and a chronic jaw problem.

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