The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge-joint that connects the jaw to the skull. Located just in front of the ear on each side of the head, these joints are very flexible and allow the mouth to open and close and move side-to-side while talking, chewing and yawning. Problems with the temporomandibular joint can result in pain and difficulty eating, as well as difficulty opening and closing the mouth. The conditions below are common with disorders of the jaw and the temporomandibular joint. If you experience any of the following symptoms, TMJ rehabilitation may help you.
- Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw and neck when swallowing, chewing, biting, speaking, shouting or yawning.
- Limited ability to open your mouth or if your jaw gets stuck/locked open or closed.
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw when opening or closing your mouth.
- Ear aches, ear pain with chewing, ear stuffiness or ringing.
- Chronic recurrent headaches.