TMJ- Headaches and Migraines


The TMJ or Temporomandibular joint is the joint located at the base of the skull in front of the ear structure and connects the lower jaw (mandible).  These two parts of the TMJ are held together by ligaments originating from different parts of the head and neck to support the jaw and guide its movements. Several muscles and ligaments are connected to the mandibular which aid in the motion of the lower jaw.

Pain from the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be easily mistaken for a common headache, mostly because the symptoms are so similar. But there are a few key differences that set TMJ headache apart from your garden-variety tension headache.

* A crackling or grinding sound when you move your jaw.

* Stiffness in the joint, making it difficult to open and close your mouth.

* Facial tenderness and pain.

* Earaches.

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