Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorders – TMJ and TMD
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is where your jaw connects to the side of your head. It needs to be able to move up and down and side to side, as well as handle the enormous forces that the jaw can exert. It one of the most complicated joints in the body, with a specialized structure and tissue makeup.
You’re Not Alone
If you are having pain or other problems with your jaw, you’re not the only one — an estimated 10 million Americans also suffer from TMJ issues.
TMJ problems can be chronic and debilitating, and if left untreated can lead to other symptoms like migraines and tinnitus. Fortunately, there are now non-invasive and drug-free ways to resolve imbalances in the TMJ.
Jaw, Face, Neck, or Ear Pain
The many nerves present in the jaw can result in pain appearing in nearby areas, and can cause pain or tenderness in different locations even if the jaw itself does not hurt.
Limited Range of Motion
If the jaw does not move as far or as easily as it usually does, it might be a sign of problems with the TMJ. Other common symptoms include the jaw locking in an open or close position, as well as clicking or popping noises during movement.