The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a modified hinge-type of synovial joint that connects the jaw to the skull through a highly complex series of muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It is one of the most used joints in our body and responsible for movement every time we use our mouth.
Due to its high repetitive use, TMJ disorders are prevalent, and many people experience severe life-impacting pain and physical limitations. TMJ disorders are commonly related to postural abnormalities of the head, neck, shoulder, and midback that must also be addressed to sufficiently improve this condition. Jaw pain has many origins and many different presentations and should be evaluated by a medical professional.
Illustration of TMJ joint demonstrating disc dislocation and arthritis. These conditions tend to cause jaw deviation as well as popping and clicking that can be painful.
Pain | Instability | Frozen/Locked jaw
Restricted opening | Dull/Achy | Popping/Clicking | Muscle fatigue | Muscle spasm | Headache | Inability to chew | Teeth grinding | Jaw clenching | Deviated opening | Tinnitus (Ringing in ear)
CONDITIONS WE TREAT:
TMJ Disc Displacement
Myofascial Pain Syndrome