The Surprising Signs of TMJ
Only around 12 percent of people in the United States experience TMJ disorders. Studies have shown that women are affected more often than men by TMJ. With this disorder being very prominent and very real, it is best to know what signs you are looking for.
Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options available for TMJ disorders is essential for patients and doctors alike. There is a range of symptoms linked to TMJ, including:
One of the most popular symptoms of TMJ disorder is pain when moving the jaw. However, other symptoms that may occur with a TMJ disorder include headaches or migraines, neck ache or backache, and earaches or pain around the ear that spreads to the cheeks.
If the pain is not located near the jaw, a doctor will often look for other symptoms before diagnosing a TMJ disorder.
A common but often painless symptom is an unusual popping, clicking, or even a grinding noise that can occur while eating, talking, or simply opening the mouth.
Noises that occur when moving the jaw are not always a symptom of TMJ disorders. In fact, jaw noises are common. Buzzing, ringing, or numbness in the ears can occur alongside earaches. These symptoms can also be associated with TMJ disorders.
The limited movement that prevents the mouth from being opened fully or the jaw from moving in certain directions can cause severe discomfort in everyday life. It also leads to muscle pain from restricted movements, where the pain can be felt in the cheeks and temples.
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