Conditions Treated

Physiotherapy provides solutions and treatments for an extensive range of conditions, from neck and back pain to sciatica and plantarfasciitis. Details on some of the common injuries and conditions treated by our physiotherapists at Core Body Clinic can be found below - read on to find out about the symptoms, signs and possible treatments.  This information is not a substitute for assessment and diagnosis by an appropriate clinician.  Get in touch with our Reading clinic today and start the recovery process!

Temporo-mandibular Joint pain / TMJ Pain

 

 

TMJ or temporomandibular pain is a common problem affecting the joint connecting the jaw and head. At Core Body Clinic we have been using physiotherapy to treat temporomandibular pain for many years and with great success. There is hope!  TMJ pain can range from an annoyance to a very debilitating condition and seeing a physiotherapist is the right thing to do and is recommended with the support of scientific evidence.  

MY JAW CLICKS!

The TMJ is composed of many parts: the mandible bone, lower jaw, and the temporal bone or Maxilla. In between the mandible and the socket is a disc. The disc is a very smart structure because it allows the joint open and close with a combination of sideways, up, down, and sliding motions. Surrounding the joint are muscles and ligaments and the TMJ is also supplied by nerves and therefore can be a source of pain.  Because of the location and innervation of the nerves the TMJ refers pain into the jaw, teeth, side of head, face, eye and even the neck.  It can be very unpleasant.  

When we assess a patient with TMJ pain we often find: reduced jaw movement, tenderness around the muscles of the jaw, limited neck and upper spine motion with loss or uneven motion of the upper spinal joints. People often grind their teeth so the muscles are very tired and fatigued with lots of tender trigger points. Its important to diagnose the areas that are causing the pain so that treatment can be effectively targeted. 

 

 

 

 

MY JAW GETS STUCK!

Where do you feel TMJ Pain?

  • Pain in the jaw joints and facial muscles
  • Clicking, grinding (bruxing/bruxism)
  • locking of the jaw
  • Headaches & Dizziness
  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth comfortably
  • Pain on talking, chewing (especially hard food) & yawning
  • Ear pain, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) & hearing loss

I CANT CHEW PROPERLY!

What Causes it?

  • Trauma direct to the face/head
  • Poor neck, back and head posture
  • Weak neck, shoulder and back muscles
  • Recent illness
  • Wisdom tooth pain or dental pain altering jaw mechanics
  • Injury when chewing or overuse
  • Opening you mouth for too long and too wide
  • Arthritis
  • Stress which causes teeth grinding.
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I have a Headache and grind my teeth. 

 

How is it diagnosed?

  • Signs and symptoms
  • Diagnosis by a Maxillofacial surgeon or Dentist
  • Xray/Scan

 

What can physiotherapy do for Temporomandibular pain?

  • Assessment and correction of posture
  • Work with your dentist who will likely provide a mouth guard
  • Provide manipulative and hands on treatment for pain
  • Improve muscle strength
  • Corrected alignment of spine and jaw
  • Release muscles that are in spasm
  • Teach correct mouth opening and closing
  • Apply preventative treatment 

 

What techniques are used to treat temporomandibular pain?

  • Manipulation of the jaw and spine
  • Trigger point release
  • Acupuncture and electro-acupuncture
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Relaxation
  • Stretching

 

If you are unsure if physiotherapy for temporomandibular pain is the right choice just drop us a line or email the clinic.  We suggest booking an initial assessment for us to firstly assess your jaw pain and then start sorting it out. 

 

 

 

Plantarfasciitis

Physiotherapy is very effective for Plantarfasciits, a condition characterised by pain on the sole of the foot usually located around the heel or inner arch.  This condition is common in runners and active people.  It can also be seen in the elderly and those who are over weight. 

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Shoulder Dislocation

Physiotherapy is key after Shoulder dislocation. The injury describes the dislodging of the humeral head from the glenoid fossa, the two bony anatomical structures that make up the shoulder joint. 

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Headache Pain - Cervico-Genic, Tension, Migraines

Physiotherapy is an effective tool for dealing with Headaches.  Headaches are frequently misunderstood and therefore mismanaged. There have been some 300 different types of headaches described, from well known ‘migraine’ to the more ridiculous ‘chewing gum’ headache.  The Physiotherapists at Core Body Clinic 'know' how to differentiate, diagnose and rehabilitate headache syndromes. 

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Neck Pain

Physiotherapy is brilliant for Neck pain.  The condition affects the upper spine and we often refer to it as cervical spondylosis which is a term relating to degeneration in the spinal joints.  

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Slipped Disc

Physiotherapy is highly effective for the treatment of Discs.  A slipped disc relates to excessive movement in the intervertebral disc (IVD) causing the disc to bulge or herniate. 

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Achilles Tendon Pain

Achilles Tendinopathy 

 

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Formally known as Achilles Tendonitis the new and preferred term for pain in the Achilles region is ‘Tendinopathy’.  This essentially means Painful Tendon.  Helpful diagnosis!

Now, there are two types of tendon pain: Mid portion Tendinopathy and Insertional Tendinopathy.  Now don’t get too worried about diagnosis as that’s our job to identify and diagnose it appropriately.

The mid portion one is the most common to folk and while there are risk factors it seems absolutely anyone could get this condition.

When a tendon becomes painful it appears to ‘react’ to the load or exercise it has been exposed to.  This loading causes pain.  The tendon essentially becomes intolerant to the exercise and activates nerves to tell your brain. The result is pain! 

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Shoulder Pain

Physiotherapists understand the shoulder and more importantly - how to get it better!  The shoulder can hurt for many reasons.  Common diagnosis include: 'Impingement', 'cuff tear', 'Bursitis' and 'tendonitis'. 

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Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS)

 

A.K.A. “Shin splints”

 

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Common in runners to varying degrees, medial “shin splints” is a generic term given to pain on the inside of the lower leg.  Essentially, on the medial (inside) aspect of the tibia. Medial tibial stress syndrome is perhaps a more appropriate term since is describes exactly what is going on – Stress!  Its a condition associated with over training and is therefore common place for some individuals. 

 

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