Over 35 million people suffer from TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain. It’s second leading cause of skeletal muscular pain. Second only to back pain. Almost every adult (75%) will suffer from TMJ pain this at some point in their life.
Common Causes for TMJ Pain
- Grinding your teeth while you sleep.
- Chomping or chewing when you sleep.
Common TMJ Symptoms
- Clicking or Popping in your jaw
- Jaw Pain
- Earn Pain
- Difficulty Chewing and Swallowing
- Pain In Your Ears When You Chew
Common Treatments For TMJ
- Pain medicine – ibuprofen etc.
- Dental Night Gaurds
- Chiropractic Treatments
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The temporomandibular joint is the joint of the jaw that is generally known as TMJ. There are two TMJs, one on either side, and they work together. The name is comes from the two bones that form the joint: the upper temporal bone which is part of the cranium (skull), and the lower jaw bone called the mandible. The unique feature of the TMJs is the articular disc. The disc is composed of fibrocartilagenous tissue (like the firm and flexible elastic cartilage of the ear) which is positioned between the two bones that form the joint. The TMJs are one of the few synovial joints in the human body with an articular disc, another being the sternoclavicular joint. The disc divides each joint into two. The lower joint compartment formed by the mandible and the articular disc is involved in rotational movement—this is the initial movement of the jaw when the mouth opens. The upper joint compartment formed by the articular disk and the temporal bone is involved in translational movement—this is the secondary gliding motion of the jaw as it is opened widely. The part of the mandible which mates to the under-surface of the disc is the condyle and the part of the temporal bone which mates to the upper surface of the disk is the glenoid (or mandibular) fossa.
Pain or dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint is commonly referred to as “TMJ“, when in fact, TMJ is really the name of the joint, and Temporomandibular joint disorder (or dysfunction) is abbreviated TMD. This term is used to refer to a group of problems involving the TMJs and the muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, and other tissues associated with them. Some practitioners might include the neck, the back and even the whole body in describing problems with the TMJs. Information from Wikipedia.