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Are you experiencing unexplained neck or shoulder pain, or maybe headaches? Do you ignore the pain, hoping it will go away? Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) can have a range of symptoms and cause pain in unexpected locations.

Many people don’t know they have TMJ problems and don’t get proper treatment because they think other conditions are the source of their pain. As a result, they needlessly coexist with the pain. At the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre, we have good news. There are treatment options to relieve your pain.

What Is the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located in front of each ear and is commonly referred to as your jaw joint. The joint connects your jaw to your skull and acts as a sliding hinge. If you place your fingers in front of your ears and open your mouth, you will feel the movement of the joint. It is the most used joint in the body.

What Are Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD)?

Temporomandibular joint disorders are a group of conditions causing pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and muscles controlling jaw movement. It’s possible to have one or more of these conditions.

The conditions generally fall into three categories.

  1. Pain caused by irritation of the muscles controlling jaw function, the neck, and shoulders.
  2. A displaced disk, a displacement of the joint, or injury to the condyle (the rounded edges of the lower jaw).
  3. A group of inflammatory or degenerative joint disorders affecting the temporomandibular joint, such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.

Some Causes of TMD

  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Jaw injury
  • Infection
  • Arthritis
  • Dental surgery
  • Hormones
  • Genetics
  • Autoimmune diseases

Also, mental or physical stress may aggravate TMD. There are many causes of TMJ disorders, and for some cases, the cause is hard to detect.

Symptoms of TMD

  • Clicking, popping, or grating noises when the jaw joint opens or closes
  • Pain in the chewing muscles and the jaw joints
  • Pain radiating to the jaw, neck, or face
  • Stiff jaw muscles
  • Limited movement of your jaw
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together

TMD may cause problems such as earaches, hearing problems, dizziness, and headaches. We rule out other possible causes first to help identify TMJ disorders. Seek treatment if you’re having these symptoms.

We have a comprehensive diagnostic process and individualized treatment plans to provide the relief you need. If you live in Granger, Indiana, or the neighboring communities, contact our office to schedule an appointment.