Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD) is the 2nd most common musculoskeletal pain, with low back pain being the first. 

Treating Your Jaw Pain Symptoms

It is not always clear the reason a patient develops TMJD symptoms, or what has caused an exacerbation of existing symptoms. TMJDs can range from a single isolated condition to multi-system involvement and can be associated with other disorders and overlapping pain conditions.  

TMJD symptoms:  ​

  • Pain in the jaw muscles

  • Pain in the neck and shoulders

  • Chronic headaches

  • Jaw muscle stiffness

  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw

  • Ear pain, pressure, fullness, ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

  • Grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth

  • A bite that feels “off”

  • Dizziness

  • Vision problems

Potential Contributing Factors:

  • Clenching and grinding 

  • Stress

  • Direct or indirect trauma to the face

  • Autoimmune diseases

  • Tightness in neck and shoulder muscles