What most people don’t realize is the TMJ area is neurologically supplied from the upper neck region. So, a proper neck exam is needed when treating TMJ disorders.
Temporomandibular disorders is an umbrella term for the vast array of painful conditions that affect the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint) and the nearby tissues. People suffering from temporomandibular disorders often experience face pain or pain in the jaw joint, which may lock into place or cause an annoying and painful popping and clicking sound as the jaw opens and shuts. Headaches, earaches and dizziness are also common. The severity of these symptoms, like the symptoms themselves, vary widely from minor discomfort to serious debilitating pain and dysfunction, which in a small number of patients, can persist for years.
Doctors are often stumped by what causes temporamandiublar disorders, largely because of the diversity of these conditions. In some cases, there are obvious culprits: underlying diseases such as degenerative arthritis or cancer, or traumatic injury. But overall, most patients with Temporomandibular disorders have no common medical history, but are lumped together because of overlapping signs and symptoms.
The best way to prevent Temporomandibular disorders is to avoid grinding and clenching of the teeth as well as excessive gum chewing or wide yawning.