TMJ, which stands for temporomandibular joint, syndrome is pain in the jaw joint that can be caused by a variety of problems.
Myofascial pain is the most common form of TMJ/TMD relating to pain or discomfort in the muscles that control the jaw, neck, and shoulders. This myofascial pain is treated similar to any other joint in the body.
Understanding Your Jaw Joint
The temporomandibular joint connects the mandible (lower jaw) to the temporal bone, located at the side of the head directly in front of the ears. While these joints are flexible, allowing for movement up and down and side to side, muscles that attach and surround the joints control the jaw’s position and movement. The rounded ends of the jaw, the condyles, slide easily within the joint socket and are aided by a soft disc, which acts as a shock absorber within the joint itself and keeps this movement smooth.
For most people, discomfort in the TMJ is generally mild, temporary, and resolves with little to no intervention. If you have been diagnosed with an acute TMJ/TMD flare-up, this condition tends to cycle and is usually associated with times of increased stress.
Dr. Fienman can help you understand and treat your aching jaw. There are therapies we have to help break up the pain cycle and mouthpieces we can fabricate to help prevent future flare-ups.