TMJ Disorders

A.K.A. the Jaw Joint

TMJ is actually the anatomical name for the "jaw joints" called the Temporomandibular Joints or TMJs. Normally someone has two TM Joints, one on each side and just in front of the ears. The 'socket' where the TM joint articulates, is located in the Temporal bone, i.e. "Temporo". Part of this bone is what makes up what people call "the Temple". The Mandible is the name for the lower jaw bone, which also holds the lower teeth, i.e. "Mandibular" thus the name "TemporoMandibular Joints or TMJ."
 
"TMJ" is not really a diagnosis as many people refer to it by saying "I have TMJ". It is more correct to say "I have a TM Joint problem or a TM Joint Disorder." Problems associated with the TM Joints are the same as other joints of the body, such as trauma to the jaw, arthritis (which can be degenerative, rheumatoid, gouty, etc.) inflammation and overloading problems from clenching and grinding of the teeth, which can aggravate the surrounding muscles and components inside the TM Joints. There are many other problems which can be associated with the TM Joints, thus the name TMD or TMJ Disorders. There is no real 'cure' for TMJ problems, they happen like any arthritic condition and can originate from trauma or long term loading on the joints. Therapy is used to manage the problem long term and hopefully not have it get worse with time.
TMJ is actually the anatomical name for the "jaw joints" called the Temporomandibular Joints or TMJs. Normally someone has two TM Joints, one on each side and just in front of the ears. The 'socket' where the TM joint articulates, is located in the Temporal bone, i.e. "Temporo". Part of this bone is what makes up what people call "the Temple". The Mandible is the name for the lower jaw bone, which also holds the lower teeth, i.e. "Mandibular" thus the name "TemporoMandibular Joints or TMJ."
 
"TMJ" is not really a diagnosis as many people refer to it by saying "I have TMJ". It is more correct to say "I have a TM Joint problem or a TM Joint Disorder." Problems associated with the TM Joints are the same as other joints of the body, such as trauma to the jaw, arthritis (which can be degenerative, rheumatoid, gouty, etc.) inflammation and overloading problems from clenching and grinding of the teeth, which can aggravate the surrounding muscles and components inside the TM Joints. There are many other problems which can be associated with the TM Joints, thus the name TMD or TMJ Disorders. There is no real 'cure' for TMJ problems, they happen like any arthritic condition and can originate from trauma or long term loading on the joints. Therapy is used to manage the problem long term and hopefully not have it get worse with time.

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