What is TMJ syndrome? The TMJ, or “temporomandibular joint,” connects the lower jaw to the skull near the front of the ear. Symptoms of TMJ syndrome include pain in the facial and jaw muscles, which can spread to the neck or shoulders. You may experience muscle spasms, swelling, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, jaw locking, or clicking or popping of the jaw joint.
What causes TMJ syndrome? Bruxism (teeth grinding) and clenching (jaw tightening) are huge factors that cause TMJ syndrome. However, it can also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, bone deformities, and more. If you think you have TMJ syndrome, come to Sean Trujillo, MPT today! We offer treatments to ease your pain and the other symptoms associated with the disorder. With our many years of expertise, we are the top physical therapist to see when you’re experiencing any sort of bodily pain!