TM Joint Pain & Headache
Headaches are troublesome. And what would you think if we’ll say that there is a fair chance that the cause of your headache or soreness in muscles around your ear is because of some underlying jaw problem?
YES, your TMJ or the temporomandibular joint can be the culprit sometimes.
What is Temporomandibular Joint?
The temporomandibular joint is a hinge-like joint that connects your jaw with your skull. The lower jaw opens in an up and down motion when we talk or eat.
Because of such complex movements associated with this joint, this makes it different as compared to any other joint in the body. So, if you have a headache or soreness in muscles around your ear that has not been diagnosed properly or if you are not being able to find a remedy to it then there is a chance that it may be because of temporomandibular joint issues.
Causes of TMJ headache?
TMD or the Temporomandibular Joint Disorder related pain has been reported in almost every 1 in 10 people. And it has been reported in half of the population.
Apart from this, there is no particular cause or reason but it can even be because of consistent teeth grinding. Furthermore, there are no specific data to distinguish between TMJ induced headaches and normal headaches because it is very hard to distinguish in between the causes and onset.
TMJ is surrounded by a lot of muscles, sometimes because of the fatigue or development of tension in these muscles may lead to headaches. Apart from this, a TMJ headache might also result from TMJ issues related to osteoarthritis, joint hypermobility, or osteoporosis.
Symptoms Of A TMJ Headache?
There are many different kinds of headaches, but TMJ headaches typically occur with other symptoms. These can include:
- Clicking sounds when moving the jaw
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Ear Ache
- Facial Pain
- Less range when closing / opening the mouth
- Tender jaws