Temporomandibular Joint Pain
What is a TMJ Pain? The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the name of the joint located on either side of your head, just in front of your ears. These joints connect your mandible (jawbone) to your temporal bone (skull). The TMJ, which can rotate and move forward, backward and side to side, is considered one of the most complex joints in the body. This joint, in combination with other muscles and ligaments, lets you chew, swallow, speak and yawn. When you have a problem with the muscle, bone or other tissue in the area in and around the TMJ, you may have a TMJ problem.
You may or may not experience jaw pain or tenderness with TMJ dysfunction. The most common symptoms include:
- limited opening; or
- an inability to fully clench your jaw
TMJ pain sufferers are often teeth grinders or clenchers. They can also suffer headaches, ear pain dizziness and upper neck pain.
Our physiotherapists will complete a thorough assessment to establish what is causing the TMJ pain. Treatment often includes manual mobilization of the neck and jaw as well as therapeutic exercises to correct movement dysfunction.