Covid-19 is having a very negative impact on our collective mental health; in fact, a tidal wave of mental health issues in the wake of multiple and extended lockdowns has been predicted.
At the clinic, we are now treating more patients with pain conditions related to stress, anxiety and depression.
Amongst these conditions is what is often referred to as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). TMD is characterised by very unpleasant pain and sensitivity about the jaw, either on one or both sides. TMD is also commonly associated with difficulty fully opening the mouth due to stiffness, deviation of the jaw to one side or sometimes clicking. A stiff and sore upper neck, resulting in referred pain to the back or sides of the head may also accompany TMD.