TMJ, or the joints that attach your jaw to the bottom of your skull, are incredibly complex in their movement, acting as sliding hinges that allow a wide range of varying motion, from the up and down motion of yawning to the side to side movement of chewing. If you have pain in this area though, you’re probably well aware of all the ways your jaw normally moves. All that motion can lead to plenty of painful reminders that something isn’t quite right. If you suspect TMJ pain to be the culprit behind your misery, read on to learn more about symptoms, causes, and your options for finding relief.
Signs of TMJ Disorder
If you are experiencing pain around the jaw and wondering if it’s more than just a temporary ache, here are other symptoms you might also experience:
- pain when chewing
- stiff jaw muscles and/or facial pain