Jaw Pain – Temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) pain
Pain can arise from the temporomandibular joint (TMJ or jaw joint). The TMJ is the joint which allows movement between the jaw and the head.
It can be irritated by many problems. Pain can be caused by eating food which is tough and difficult to chew. It may be triggered by stress, neck pain, poor posture, whiplash injuries or a direct blow to the jaw. Pain may be located over the cheek region, into the head and into the neck. Other symptoms may include clicking, locking of the jaw, headaches, grinding of the teeth, pain in the ear, tongue or eye or ringing in the ears.
TMJ pain is debilitating and can make it difficult to eat and function normally. The aim of treatment is to reduce pain and improve function in the region. Treatment is pain free and makes a significant difference to the way you move and feel.
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