Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
If you have pain in your jaw, or if you have problems opening or closing your mouth, you may have a TMJ disorder. That’s a problem with one or both of your temporomandibular joints. These joints connect your jaw to your skull. They act as hinges. They also allow your jaw to slide forward and back; allows for the movement required for chewing and talking.
Since the TMJ allows for movement both up and down as well as from side to side, it is one of the most complex joints in the body. This can make severe TMJ disorders difficult to treat effectively.
There are a range of symptoms linked to TMJ including pain, sounds and restricted movement.
The most obvious symptoms of a TMJ disorder is pain that is felt when moving the jaw. However, other symptoms that may occur with a TMJ disorder include headaches or migraines, pain in the neck or back, and earaches or pain around the ear that spreads to the cheeks.
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