TMJ stands for a temporal mandibular joint which is your jaw joint. Obviously, we all have two jaw joints! When one has a medical issue with their TMJ, we would call it TMD or temporal mandibular dysfunction or disorder. This disorder typically manifests itself as a popping, clicking or a gravelly sound in the joint. In some cases, there is no noise present. In addition, it can be accompanied by jaw joint pain, facial pain, difficulty opening your mouth, headaches, ringing of the ears, neck or back pain or even sleep issues. TMD can be associated with bruxism that occurs at night and one’s sleep will be affected. If you are sensing that you have might have these symptoms feel free to reach out to our team to schedule an appointment.
TMD – The Great Imposter
"Chronic recurrent headaches as well as facial and neck pain are a common occurrence in millions of Americans. In addition, people frequently suffer from ear symptoms including pain, ringing, buzzing, loss of hearing or clicking or locking of the jaw which can make chewing, speaking or moving the jaw painful or difficult.
Until recently these symptoms, appearing unrelated, were frequently undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as migraine, tension headache, neuritis, neuralgia, or stress. When standard treatment remedies for these types of disorders proved unsuccessful, patients were frequently labeled as hypochondriacs, “it’s all in your head”, or neurotic.
Today, it is well recognized by certain practitioners within the Health Care Community that these often unexplained, undiagnosed and therefore untreated symptoms are related to a group of problems called, Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD).
Today, practitioners with proper training and diagnostic skills, are able to pin point the cause of these symptoms and provide, often times seemingly miraculous, relief of symptoms which may have been present for years."
Source: American Academy of Craniofacial Pain