The jaw or temporomandibular joint is a small joint located on either side of your face just in front of each ear. It connects your jaw to your skull and allows you to open and close your mouth to eat, chew, drink, yawn, breathe and talk. The temporomandibular joints work non-stop daily. When the TMJ becomes injured, inflamed, or sensitive, it can result in pain and limited movement and have a significant impact on how you function on a daily basis
What is the difference between TMJ Pain and TMD?
If you have jaw pain, you might have come across the above two terminologies. Both terminologies refer to the temporomandibular joint however they are quite different.
TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint.” and therefore TMJ pain relates to the joint specifically.
TMD stands for “temporomandibular joint disorder.” and it can cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control movement of the jaw. There can be several different factors causing issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). When the pain is more widespread around the jaw and the TMJ is affected in its ability to function normally, it is known as Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD).
What Symptoms are associated with TMD?
What causes pain and dysfunction of the TMJ?
How can Physiotherapy Help?
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