What is TMJ?

TMJ disorders can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement. The exact cause of a person’s TMJ disorder is normally determined on a case by case basis. Your pain may be due to a combination of problems, such as arthritis, jaw injury or just visiting the dentist!

 

Signs that you might have a TMJ disorder:

Are you aware of grinding or clenching your teeth?
Do you wake up with sore, stiff muscles around your jaws?
Do you have frequent headaches or neck aches?
Does the pain get worse when you clench your teeth?
Does stress make your clenching and pain worse?
Does your jaw click, pop, grate, catch, or lock when you open your mouth?
Is it difficult or painful to open your mouth, eat, or yawn?
Have you ever injured your neck, head, or jaws?
Have you had problems (such as arthritis) with other joints?
Do you have teeth that no longer touch when you bite?
Do your teeth meet differently from time to time?
Is it hard to use your front teeth to bite or tear food?
Are your teeth sensitive, loose, broken or worn?

 

Looking to learn more about TMJ? Chiropractic and massage can help!

 

References:

1.http://www.northwestoms.com/procedures/tmj-disorders/

2.http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tmj/home/ovc-20209398