The temporomandibular joint or TMJ acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. Dysfunction can lead to pain and discomfort.

Jaw pain, difficulty chewing, and clicking and locking of the jaw joint are some of the symptoms.

Common treatments include medications, bite guards, and physical therapy.

Pain and compromised movement of the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles.
  • TMJ
  • TMJ syndrome
  • TMD

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.

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Cases per year

More than 3 million US cases per year

Treatable by a medical professional

Usually self-diagnosable

Lab tests or imaging not required

Medium-term: resolves within months

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