What is Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ Disorder)?

You may not know this but our TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) is our most used joint in the body every day. This joint connects the mandible (jaw) to the temporal bone (skull) and it is united by cartilage, disc and a synovial capsule. You may find it located at the side of our face in front of our ear. TMJ Dysfunction describes reduced jaw movements and can be characterized by popping/clicking, grating sounds with movement, altered movement patterns, jaw protrusion, difficulty opening and closing the mouth and pain.

The causes of the symptoms are brought about through imbalances in the muscles of mastication (chewing), whiplash, bruxism (tooth grinding), and stress related disorders. Patients may also suffer from tension type headaches and migraines that can present with or without pain.

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction is fairly common, and symptoms vary from mild to severe. Females are four times as likely to suffer from this condition. This condition may cause discomfort or pain in the jaw, especially when eating, an aching pain in the front of your ear, which may spread to your face.

Here at Precision Health we offer services such as chiropractic care and massage therapy which can aid in your recovery from Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction.

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List, T. and R. H. Jensen (2017). “Temporomandibular disorders: Old ideas and new concepts.” Cephalalgia 37(7): 692-704.

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