November: National Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Month!
Let’s take a look at some fast facts about the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD or TMJD).
8 Facts You May Not Know About TMJ or TMJD:
Everyone has 2 Temporomandibular joints (TMJ), one on each side of your head. BUT not everyone experiences Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD or TMD).
The Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull. It’s found roughly half an inch in front of the middle of your ear.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) are a group of 30+ conditions that involve the TMJs. This, along with individual and environmental factors, means that no two cases are exactly alike!
The TMJ contains a small disc that’s shaped like a lifesaver to help with movement and protect the joint.
The TMJ is your most frequently used joint in the body and can move 2,000-3,000 times a day. Think about how many times you have to chew just to swallow ONE bite of food!
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, a recent study found that 11-12 million adults in the US had pain in the TMJ region.
Signs and symptoms of TMD can vary. Common symptoms include pain within the TMJ and surrounding areas, headaches, jaw clicking or popping, and more. (Check out our blog post “10 Signs You Have TMD” for more info!)
Physical Therapists are trained to identify and treat cases of TMD! If you are experiencing TMD or TMD related symptoms, you will also benefit from consulting with a PT. 🧑⚕️