TMJ-TMD-MSD Signs And Symptoms
Do you suffer from frequent headaches, jaw aches or pain in your neck, shoulders or ears? If so, then you might be suffering from a condition such as TMJ, TMD or MSD. Your Temporomandibular joints, also better known as your jaw joints, connect your lower jawbone to your skull, and their near constant use can cause you pain and discomfort, especially if you clench or grind you teeth. Additionally, if you’ve experienced an injury to your back, neck or jaw, you may be at increased risk of TMJ, TMD or MSD.
What are TMJ, TMD and MSD?
TMJ, TMD and MSD are different names for Temporomandibular disorder, or the misalignment or irritation or stress of the Temporomandibular joints in your jaw. These disorders are caused by stress, finding your teeth, or continued clenching of your jaw muscles. MSD is an acronym for musculoskeletal disorders, which are injuries or pain found within the joints, muscles, nerves and ligaments in your upper back and neck.
What are the signs and symptoms of TMJ, TMD and MSD?
Symptoms include: pain in your jaw area, clicking or popping sounds when you open your jaw, frequent headaches or neck aches, pain or ringing in your ears, swelling on either (or both) sides of your face, locked jaw or limited ability to fully open your mouth.
How can 360 Orthodontics help me?
We are a fully equipped, skilled and experienced orthodontic office and we offer many treatment options to help you if you’re suffering from either TMJ, TMD or MSD. Call us today to speak to one of our experienced staff members, and to set up a free, no obligation consultation.
Additionally, there are some things you can do to prevent TMJ, TMD or MSD, including: avoiding grinding your teeth (we can build you a custom mouthguard to help with this!), chewing food evenly on both sides of your mouth, and practicing good posture.