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Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, DDS
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Is It TMJ Dysfunction? These 4 Signs Might Surprise You

March 15, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Kenneth Edwards
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Most people are aware of some of the more common symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Problems such as jaw pain, headaches, and clicking or popping in the jaw joint immediately bring to mind the joint that hinges the lower and upper jaws. It might surprise most people to learn that TMJ disorders can show up in other parts of your body—not just the jaw and face area.

You might want to keep the following symptoms in mind to determine whether you need to seek TMJ treatment in Amherst.

Neck Pain

The TMJ plays a crucial role in keeping your head sitting on top of your spinal cord. Joint misalignment can cause you to have bad posture, meaning the weight of your head is not being distributed evenly. This can cause stress on your neck and spine, giving you an aching neck.


This might not be terribly surprising given how close the ears are to the temporomandibular joint. Although it might feel like the pain is in your ear, it’s probably coming from the area just below or directly in front of the ear.

Obstructed Airways

If your jaw is misaligned because of the TMJ, your tongue might be sitting too far back, resulting in an obstruction of your airways. Abnormal breathing, especially while you are sleeping, could be related to a TMJ disorder.

Pinched Nerve

When the TMJ is out of alignment, the other muscles have to work harder to compensate for the imbalance. This causes tension, which can lead to numbness in your extremities. If you are getting a tingling feeling in your hands and feet, this might be related to a TMJ disorder.

Call us if you are experiencing any of these surprising TMJ disorder symptoms. We can talk about treatment for TMJ disorders in Amherst to relieve your pain. Make an appointment today!


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