The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders can cause pain in your jaw and in the muscles that control the movement of your jaw. Your pain may be due to a combination of problems, such as arthritis, muscle spasm, or jaw injury. Some people who have jaw pain also tend to clench or grind their teeth.
- Pain or tenderness around your jaw
- Aching pain in and around your ear
- Difficulty or pain while chewing
- Aching facial pain
- Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
Evaluation and Treatment:
A thorough evaluation of the structure and function of the TMJ joint will be performed. Treatment often consists of electric stimulation, manual joint mobilization, and myofascial release. The goal of treatment is to decrease pain and restore normal function to the TMJ.