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Treatment of Jaw Joint Pain and Related Headaches

TMJ, Temporomandibular Joint, is an acronym referring the jaw joint situated just in front of the ears. Although it technically refers to a location, it has come to include the many maladies associated with TMJ dysfunction.

TMJ is commonly misdiagnosed as frequent, and recurrent ear infections because of it’s intimate location to the inner ear. Stuffiness of the ear, may actually be swelling in the joint capsule itself, much like ‘water on the knee’.

The common occurrence of “popping and clicking” with jaw movements indicates a displacement of the jaw meniscus (disc) that is vital to normal and pain free jaw movement. One should avoid the extreme movements that aggravate this popping and clicking occurrence when possible.

Symptoms associated with TMJ disorders may be:

  • Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • Dull, aching pain in the face
  • Earache (particularly in the morning)
  • Headache (particularly in the morning)
  • Hearing loss
  • Migraine (particularly in the morning)
  • Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
  • Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
  • Tinnitus
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Dizziness

If you are suffering from head, neck, or jaw pain, please call Dr. Carr’s office at (217) 854-2531 for a consultation.