What are the symptoms of TMJ jaw pain?

TMJ Jaw Pain

The mouth is one of the most important tools of the human body. We use our mouths every day for communication and eating. The mouth is made up of many muscles, bones and joints that work together to allow for these functions. When one of these parts is hurt, it can become difficult and painful to talk or eat.

One common form of jaw pain that affects millions of Americans every year is temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain.

What is TMJ Pain?

The TMJ is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull near your ear. You use it every time you open and close your mouth and when you chew. It’s not unusual to experience some occasional soreness in the TMJ from extended chewing, laughing or talking. However, prolonged pain or severe pain is the sign of a serious condition that requires professional assistance.

Fortunately, TMJ pain rarely requires surgery. Most treatments include medication and physical therapy. Learn the symptoms of TMJ pain, so you know when to get professional treatment before your condition grows worse.

Symptoms of TMJ pain

  • Pain located in the jaw that can spread throughout your face

  • A clicking sound when moving your jaw

  • Tightness of the jaw muscles

  • Loss of jaw movement

What causes TMJ pain?

The cause of TMJ pain is not always clear. Sometimes, it’s the result of strain in the tendons in the joint. Other times, it is related to a chronic condition or injury.

Some common causes of TMJ pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Traumatic injury
  • Grinding teeth in your sleep
  • Frequently clenching your jaw

Contact Holland Physical Therapy for TMJ pain treatment

Many cases of TMJ jaw pain require medication and physical therapy for treatment. Our physical therapists at Holland Physical Therapy offer treatments for people with TMJ jaw pain. Our treatments can strengthen and stretch the muscles and tendons in your jaw to help reduce pain and restore motion.

In severe cases where surgery is necessary, physical therapy can still help. Our team can help you prepare for the surgery in advance and can help you recover afterward.

Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.