The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is formed by your skull and jawbone. It acts like a sliding hinge and is responsible for opening and closing your mouth, enabling you to talk, chew, and yawn.
TMJ Syndrome or temporomandibular joint syndrome is the term used to describe pain and tenderness around the TMJ or surrounding muscles. The TMJ is more commonly known as the jaw joint located just in front of the ear on either side.
There are three main reasons for TMJ dysfunction:
It is estimated that approximately 50% of the population may have some form of TMJ symptoms. The incidence is higher in females than males (4:1) and TMJ usually occurs around the age of 20 to 40.
Some causes of TMJ include:
At the Muscle and Joint Clinic, we can treat many forms of TMJ, using the following techniques:
The prognosis of TMJ is quite favourable, with an estimated 75% of patients having their symptoms resolve within three months, with a comprehensive treatment plan.
To get started on a TMJ treatment plan, call our clinic today for a free consultation. We can be reached at 905-593-1605.