Robina 7 Day Doctors and Acupuncture recommends this video on TMJ Dysfunction:
The exact cause of a person’s TMJ dysfunction is often difficult to determine. Your pain may be due to a combination of factors, such as genetics, arthritis or jaw injury. Some people who have jaw pain also tend to clench or grind their teeth. Many people habitually clench or grind their teeth and never develop TMJ dysfunction.
Signs and symptoms of TMJ dysfunction may include:
- Pain or tenderness of your jaw
- Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
- Aching pain in and around your ear
- Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
- Aching facial pain
- Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) combines a hinge action with sliding motions. The parts of the bones that interact in the joint are covered with cartilage and are separated by a small shock-absorbing disk, which normally keeps the movement smooth.
Painful TMJ disorders can occur if:
- The disk erodes or moves out of its proper alignment
- The joint’s cartilage is damaged by arthritis
- The joint is damaged by a blow or other impact
The pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders is usually temporary and can be relieved with self-managed care treatments.
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