TMJ Guide

What Are The Causes Of TMJ Pain And How To Get TMJ Pain Relief?


The most basic reason for Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) and pain to coexist is when the operation of the jaw joint is restricted in its normal utility and the restriction causes pressure on the adjoining nerves. On several instances, the TMJ pain is intense enough to directly affect the masticatory muscles. When the masticatory muscles and joints are affected, a person will typically experience a range of myofascial pain as well as pain in the other surrounding regions of the upper spinal column.

Causes of TMJ pain

  • It is widely acknowledged in current medical theories that stress and anxiety are huge contributory factors to the presence of TMJ and its associated pain
  • Mal alignment of teeth and other dental disorders can directly cause TMJ and symptoms of pain
  • Ear disorder or an ear infection can indirectly lead to TMJ and pain subsequently
  • Jaw joint disorder can arise from upper spinal dysfunction and create pain
  • Arthritis is a common cause for TMJ pain symptoms
  • Whiplash injuries are also known to contribute to some of the TMJ pain symptoms
  • Dietary factors and eating disorders can aggravate or cause TMJ pain
  • Sleeping postures and sleep habits are also known to cause TMJ and pain
  • Sleep disorder or insomnia are contributory factors to the intensification of TMJ pain
  • Drug interactions and side effects of medications / chemicals can cause TMJ pain
  • Life style factors are serious underlying factors leading to TMJ and pain symptoms
  • Presence of Bruxism or teeth grinding and teeth clenching are also known to cause jaw joint dysfunction, leading to TMJ and pain symptoms

Ways to attain TMJ pain relief

The most popular manner of dealing with TMJ appears to be focused on managing its symptoms. This type of TMJ pain relief is mostly sought through quick fixes such as drugs. Although in severe cases some form of drugs may have to be administered, this course of pain relief should ideally be avoided as far as possible. And the best way to avoid this would be to ensure that TMJ cases are attended to promptly before the condition aggravates.

Sometimes very serious cases of Bruxism are recommended surgery as treatment. This kind of Bruxism treatment should only be considered as a last recourse solution.

Stress reduction therapy (or self help relaxation methods) is a well established treatment for TMJ

There are specific types of exercises that are also recommended as TMJ treatment.

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