Category Archives: TMJ

TMJ pain? These are bad habits that could cause it.

There are many bad habits that can lead to TMJ pain!  But first, what is TMJ pain? TMJ pain is considered a temporomandibular disorder, which is a broad term referring to all neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions of the masticatory muscles, temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and the adjacent structures.  Common symptoms include chronic myofascial pain, facial muscle […]

Will treatment to my jaw help tinnitus?

Tinnitus or ringing in the ears is a common symptom that can have many different etiologies.Tinnitus is called somatosensory (or somatic) tinnitus if it is influenced by the neck (cervical) or jaw (TMJ).  In fact, 12–43% of patients with subjective tinnitus fall under one or both of these categories! A few diagnostic factors that your […]

How to know if you have pain from TMJ

The assessment of temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) is recognized as integral to the practice of dentistry and physical therapists who treat these conditions. The context of joint sounds as a predictor of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain is not highly predictable due to a common variation of normality amongst people. Therefore, pain associated with activities using the […]

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Can neck posture affect how your jaw works? Implication for TMJ Pain.

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJDs) are musculoskeletal disorders affecting the jaw joint and chewing muscles. Common symptoms are pain in the orofacial region, restricted jaw movement and sounds originating in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The restrictions in the range of how much someone can open/close their mouth are due to mandibular range of motion deficits. Restrictions […]

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Dry Needling for TMJ Pain

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD), also known to most as Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) pain, is defined as : ‘aching in the muscles of mastication, sometimes with occasional brief severe pain on chewing, often associated with restricted jaw movement and clicking or popping sounds Many treatment methods can be used to: relieve pain gain sufficient muscle power provide […]

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Not getting relief in your TMJ treatment? This may be why.

The treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain under the umbrella term of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a challenging and difficult symptom to treat. It belongs to the group of chronic facial disorders and affect about 10–15% of the total population with women suffering twice as much as men do. Sorry ladies! There are many reasons […]

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What are symptoms of TMJ pain and dysfunction?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a synovial joint containing an articular disk and allowing for hinge and sliding movements. Such complicated movements are necessary for chewing, swallowing, and speaking. Generally speaking, most people who say they have TMJ have regarded the condition as only having localized orofacial pain and dysfunction. However, we want to educate […]

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Ask your dentist this question

Many questions may arise that you want to ask your dentist during your scheduled appointment. Other than actual tooth (dental) questions, this 1 concern that is typically inquired about in a dental office: What can I do for Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) pain? TMJ pain (known better now as Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD) are thought […]

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What else can you do besides mouth guard to help TMJ pain?

Mouth guards, also known as occlusal appliances or splints are a part of the treatment of temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ). This subset of treatment is known as occlusion related therapies and is commonly used as a basic dental treatment to help with TMJ pain amongst other things. Occlusal appliances are commonly used in the treatment […]

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How does Physical Therapy help TMJ pain?

What is temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain? Even though most people think temporomandibular joint (TMJ) alone is what causes jaw pain and dysfunction, this term is actually under a group of pathologies affecting the masticatory muscles, the joint itself and related structures. These compromise a more global term called temporomandibular disorders (TMD). TMD is the most […]

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If you have this going on, it could be reason for your TMJ pain

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) pain, under the umbrella conditions of Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is defined as ‘‘aching in the muscles of mastication, sometimes with occasional brief severe pain on chewing, often associated with restricted jaw movement and clicking or popping sounds.’’ Mandibular depression (mouth opening) with forward posture. There is a strong association between neck pain, […]

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Does your neck or jaw increase or decrease your tinnitus symptoms?

Tinnitus is defined as the perception of sound without an accompanying external auditory stimulus. Even though tinnitus can normally be caused by actual otologic (ear) conditions, it can also be modulated by somatosensory systems, including the neck and the jaw. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the most frequent tinnitus modulating region. In fact, the incidence […]

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Dry Needling for TMJ pain relief

Dry Needling for TMJ pain relief Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most complex joints of human body, being the part of stomatognathic system composed of masseter muscles, head and neck muscles, ligaments, teeth, cheeks, lips, and salivary gland. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) is the main reason of orofacial pain which is not caused by […]

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What type of TMJ pain do you have?

What type of TMJ pain do you have? Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) is a collective term designating a number of clinical conditions that involve the masticatory musculature and/or temporomandibular joints (TMJ). When diagnosing and treating TMD, two classification schemes are used by your physical therapist. The Diagnostic Criteria for TMD (DC/TMD) divides TMD into two syndromes […]

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Does grinding my teeth mean I have TMJ issues?

Does grinding my teeth mean I have TMJ issues? To preface this post, the phrase, “Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) issues” can be quite broad. Medically speaking, we relate this common expression to the umbrella category of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). For so long, everyone has considered pain and dysfunction a TMJ issue, but we are moving more […]

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Does everyone with sleep apnea oral appliance have TMJ pain?

Although sleep apnea treatment’s gold standard is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, sleep apnea mouth appliances (or oral appliances) are becoming more popular. The mandibular advancement device therapy is increasingly recognized as a viable treatment for obstructive sleep apnea  (Aarab, Lobbezoo, Hamburger, & Naeije, 2011; Ramar et al., 2015). In April 2020, Nikolopoulou and colleagues performed […]

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