The Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
Before we look at the signs, symptoms and treatment options available for TMJ pain, let’s start with the basics:
TMJ is a shortened word used to describe the tempero-mandibular joint. This is a joint that connects your mandible (jaw bone) to your skull. It is a complex joint involving bones, ligaments, capsules and muscles. Its movement and function is influenced by the neck and facial alignment as well as the teeth.
A TMJ disorder can result from a number of reasons, and if you are reading this you are probably already too familiar with the symptoms of TMJ. There are various TMJ treatment options available, but most importantly, are really effective ONCE EARLY INTERVENTION is sought. Approaches such as muscle release and joint mobilisations are the ones I use most frequently with my own clients.
This section contains a series of articles on the signs and symptoms of TMJ pain, along with some on how they can be treated.
So, what are the primary causes of TMJ? A better understanding of the causes of TMJ can result in choosing the most appropriate treatment option.
The structures TMJ problems affect are muscles, ligaments, capsule and the joint itself. I frequently see problems with teeth, neck pain and back pain associated with TMJ movement problems. The most important first step is to recognise the primary cause…
TMJ dysfunction can be a very painful condition that affects the jaw. These severe symptoms can be relieved with specific TMJ exercises. It just takes the right exercises and a continued effort over time.
Why do clients with TMJ pain often have associated neck pain? It’s because the TMJ is closely related to the neck both anatomically and functionally. Let’s explore this a little more.
TMJ Surgery should be considered once there is a clear diagnosis and other treatment options have been tried. This article introduces the typical surgical procedures to treat TMJ pain.
Patients that refer themselves to my clinic with tinnitus (ringing of the ears) have associated jaw or neck pain combined. So, tinnitus may occur alone or with any of the below symptoms.
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