It is estimated that 10 million Americans endure the pain of TMJ syndrome, a condition in which the temporomandibular joint does not function appropriately. This is the joint that attaches the temporal bone (the bone that forms the sides of the skull) with the mandible (the jaw bone). People who suffer from Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) syndrome experience pain in the jaw joint. TMJ syndrome can be caused by trauma, disease, wear and tear due to aging, or behaviors. A problem with either the muscles or joints can lead to stiffness, headaches, ear pain, neck pain, bite problems (malocclusion), clicking or popping sounds, or locked jaws because the muscles and joints work together. Temporomandibular joint syndrome is also referred to as Temporomandibular joint disorder.
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Please visit American Academy of Craniofacial Pain for more information about this condition.