3 Hidden Signs of TMJ Dysfunction

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) is a painful condition affecting the jaw and muscles. The pain can range from mildly annoying to excruciating, and it can be chronic or acute. No matter what kind of pain you’re experiencing with TMJ, you should know thatTMJ treatment in Flagstaff, AZ, is available. Our physical therapists are highly trained in a variety of skeletal and muscle problems, including TMJ. You can contact us at any time to learn more about available options. In the meantime, here are three hidden signs of TMJ dysfunction you should be aware of.

1. Sensation of a Tight Jaw
You may have a mild case of TMJ, where there could be just a mild sensation of a tight jaw. You may think it’s just some kind of temporary muscle cramping when in reality, it could be TMJ dysfunction. A tight jaw could also be an early sign that TMJ is developing. Over time, there’s a chance it could get worse.

2. Ear Pain
Another hidden sign of TMJ dysfunction that often goes undetected is ear pain. Often, TMJ presents with an earache. But unlike a “usual” earache, which may come on after getting a swimmer’s ear, suffering a blow, or going through a bad viral infection like a cold, this earache is apt to stay. Often, it won’t respond to normal earache remedies. If you experience something like this, it’s worth visiting us for some diagnostic tests.

3. Neck and Shoulder Pain
Often, a person with TMJ may have a hidden sign of neck and shoulder pain. You may think you’ve just slept wrong or tweaked a muscle doing something unusual. In fact, it’s quite common for TMJ to present as neck and shoulder pain. This may be due to the interconnectedness of the muscles in the jaw and neck area, leading to referred pain and discomfort that extends beyond the site of the TMJ. Unfortunately, too many people make the mistake of not connecting this with the possibility that they may be developing TMJ.

YourFlagstaff, AZ, physical therapist plays a crucial role in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of TMJ dysfunction. If you experience any of these symptoms persistently, consulting with us is a vital step toward recovery and relief. Contact us today to book your appointment.