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Understanding TMJ Pain: Causes and Chiropractic Treatment

Are you experiencing jaw pain that's referring to your head area? You may have TMJ, a common condition that affects many people, especially those who grind their teeth at night, clench, carry stress in the jaw, or have a previous injury.

TMJ, or temporomandibular joint pain, is a condition that affects the joint connecting your jawbone to your skull. This joint is like a cup or condyle and has the jaw slide into the cup with a disc to protect the bones from rubbing like other joints in the body, like the spine and knees.

When this joint is inflamed or irritated, it can cause pain, discomfort, and a range of other symptoms, including:

  • Jaw pain or tenderness

  • Headaches

  • Earaches

  • Clicking or popping sound in the jaw

  • Difficulty or pain while chewing

  • Locking of the jaw joint

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's essential to seek help from a healthcare professional. Chiropractic treatment, in particular, can be very effective in treating TMJ pain.