Recognizing the Symptoms of TMJ
Symptoms of possible jaw joint problems are varied and are often misdiagnosed or incorrectly linked to other ailments. The symptoms of TMJ disorders vary from patient to patient and may include:
- jaw clicking and popping
- jaw tenderness
- clenching and/or grinding
- tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- balance disorders
- neck and shoulder pain
- sinus pain
- limited jaw movement
- unexplained sore throats
Dr. Peck has taken numerous advanced education courses in the study of jaw joint and oral muscle disorders and takes all symptoms his patients may exhibit very seriously.With the proper diagnosis and treatment Dr. Peck can alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by TMJ disorders.
Do you suffer from frequent headaches that have been diagnosed as migraine, tension or cluster headaches?
We now know that these headaches can be caused by the muscles that tighten during jaw clenching and teeth grinding.
Do you suffer from unexplained neck and shoulder pain?
While discomfort in this part of the body might seem unrelated to the mouth area, those who suffer from sore jaw muscles are likely to repeatedly tilt their heads, thereby forcing the neck, shoulder, and back muscles to compensate.
Do you experience unexplained tingling or numbness in the hands and arms?
These symptoms could also be an unsuspected sign of TMJ disorder, resulting from muscle spasms in the jaw, neck, back, and face that pinch nerves leading down the arms and hands.
Yet another often misdiagnosed symptom is depression, which is caused by chemical changes in the brain brought on by chronic pain.