I get quite a few questions about TMJ so that is this weeks blog topic. Your TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, are the hinges in front of your ears that connect your lower teeth and jaw bone to your head so you can chew and talk. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) describes a variety of conditions that affect your jaw muscles, your TMJ’s and the nerves associated with chronic facial pain.
TMD affects more than twice as many women than men, and symptoms may occur on one or both sides of the face, head or jaw, and show up as headaches, jaw pain, limited jaw movement, or nerve pain (neuralgias). Trauma to the jaw or jaw joint sometimes plays a role in TMD (i.e., whiplash), but in many cases the cause of the disorder is unknown. [Read more…]