Providing treatment for TMJ which is a joint pain due to inflammation of the jaw joint.
Temporomandibular joint pain, TMJ is pain due to the inflammation of the jaw joint. It can be very confusing because it often can feel exactly like an earache. For this reason, it often is the actual cause ear complaints that present to our office. While we don't actually treat TMJ directly, it is helpful to discuss it a bit more.
Inflammation in the joint or the muscles attaching to the joint leads to a pain in the ear, jaw, or side of the head. This inflammation can be due to a variety of factors:
The back wall of the jaw joint is the front wall of the ear canal. Because of this, the pain can often feel like a deep ache in the ear itself. By testing the motion of the joint, the muscles attaching there, and feeling the joint itself, it can often become obvious the jaw is truly the culprit of the pain. Other times you can try to press on the front wall of the ear canal with your little finger from inside as well.
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