The temporomandibular joint, which rests in your head, linking the skull and jawbone, can develop issues causing pain in the jaw and jaw muscles. To diagnose an issue with your TMJ can be a difficult task. It is imperative for a trained professional to properly take a look at your health in order to determine how to fix your issue. TMJ disorders can come from a range of roots, from bruxism (teeth grinding), genetics, injuries, or arthritis. If the TMJ disk is eroded or moved out of place, if the cartilage is damaged or wounded, it will require treatment.
Symptoms of TMJ disorders include stiffness in the jaw muscles, painful clicks and popping in the jaw, a misalignment of the teeth, and pain the neck, face and jaw. In order to diagnose the disorder, a professional will make a thorough examination, possibly including x-rays and ruling out such issues as sinus issues and common headaches. If TMJ disorder is detected, most can be treated using a bite guard or over-the-counter pain medicines.