You may be wondering how TMJ affects the entire body. The temporomandibular joints, referred to as TMJ, are the joints and muscles in the jaw that make it possible to open your mouth, close your mouth, and chew food. There is a TMJ located on each side of the jaw with a disc between the ball and socket. This disc acts as a cushion and enables the jaw to function properly. Any problem that affects this system of joints, ligaments or both are referred to as a TMJ disorder.
What Does One Experience From TMJ?
TMJ affects the entire body by causing unnecessary neck straining and possible abnormal functioning of jaw muscles. This can leave your face feeling particularly sore, which no one enjoys. Aside from this, issues can be found in the posture of your upper back and even neck muscles. Increased stress-induced tension as a result of TMJ is a common experience for many who suffer. Some patients with TMJ may experience additional complications that may affect the entire body such as:
- Pain or tenderness in the jaw
- Jaw popping/clicking
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Blurry vision
- Ear pain
- Muscle spasms
- Difficulty chewing
- Ringing or popping sounds in the ears (tinnitus)
- Pain or numbness in the face, mouth, jaw, cheek, or chin
- Tight, stiff, or sore jaw and neck muscles
- Pain/swelling around the temples
When to Contact a Professional
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may have TMJ. The best way to manage TMJ disorder is by seeing a professional. At The Migraine Center of NJ, we diagnose and treat patients that are suffering from TMJ disorder. We recognize that TMJ pain can cause severe migraines and headaches due to the misalignment of the joints in the back and neck. If you’re ready to leave behind the pain of chronic headaches and migraines contact Dr. Milestone at The Migraine Center of New Jersey. To get started living pain-free, schedule a consultation with us at 201-845-8411