What's a TMJ Headache?

"TMJ" refers to the temporomandibular joint, which allows for movement of the jawbone. The joint is located on both sides of the head under the ears. TMJ pain arises from problems with the joint, jaw, or facial muscles brought on by arthritis, injury, or misuse of the joint (teeth grinding or clenching).

TMJ Pain Symptoms

TMJ pain and disorders can be recognized by some of the following symptoms:

Pain or soreness around the jaw

Aching in or around the ear

Facial pain

Discomfort while chewing

Difficulty opening and closing your mouth

Uneven or uncomfortable bite

Possible Causes

The movement of the temporomandibular joint is made possible by cartilage-covered bones. These bones are separated from the joint by a small, shock-absorbing disc. Many TMJ disorders arise from the following problems:

Disc erosion or displacement

Cartilage damage from arthritis

Injury or trauma to the jaw

Muscle fatigue near the joint due to repetitive grinding or clenching the teeth

Treatment Options

Treatments for tension headaches vary depending on their intensity and frequency as well as the preferences of individual patients. The Headache Response Center offers a full range of treatments for tension headaches, all intended to help eliminate your headaches in a way that is right for you. These include:

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