TMJ What are symptoms of TMJ pain and dysfunction? Posted on October 7, 2020January 4, 2021 by 4imicom 07 Oct 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 you that TMJ dysfunction, also known as tempormandibular dysfunction (TMD), has a variety of clinical symptoms. Here are some symptoms you may have if you have TMD or TMJ dysfunction: joint noises muscle pain jaw locking facial pain neck aches and pain headaches facial muscle fatigue limited mouth opening difficulty eating certain foods (such as apples, burgers, etc) mandibular deviation tootaches dizziness earaches hearing problems upper shoulder pain tinnitus bruxism Physical Therapy treatment for TMJ If you are having trouble with proper oral hygiene or pain due to TMJ dysfunction, physical therapy has many options that can help you. We have several other articles associated with treatments on our Cranio-facial and TMJ page. We know the quality of life associated with TMJ pain and dysfunction can be substantial and many patients exhibit several levels of depression associated with the condition. 4imicom Ask your dentist this question This is why improving the neck muscles will help you with neck pain.