The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is a hinge joint which connects the mandible (jaw bone) with the temporal bone of the skull. This hinge joint has an articular disc that helps with movement while chewing, talking, and yawning.
Jaw pain also referred to as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD) can be caused by a variety of conditions including whiplash, traumatic injuries, teeth grinding and clenching, arthritis, and repetitive stress movement. The muscles of the jaw (mastication) can also become spasmed and prevent the jaw from opening.
Signs and symptoms of TMJD include:
- Pain in the face and upper neck
- Restricted movement or locking of the jaw
- Chronic headaches, earaches, dental, and facial pain
- Painful clicking which opening and closing the jaw
At Sport & Spinal Rehab, Dr. Brandon Nevel will perform an exam to determine the cause of your jaw pain. Since TMJD is such a complex issue, some patients are co-managed with other specialists such as dentists, orthodontists, and oral surgeons.