“TMJ” = Temporomandibular Joint
“TMD” = Temporal Mandibular Dysfunction
Don’t let TMJ pain drag you down!
🔸 An estimated 1 in 12 people are affected by TMJ Disorders in the U.S. right now, and women are 4 times more likely to experience this than men.
TMJ pain is not something to brush off!
🔸 In the U.S. per 100 million working adults, TMJ causes the loss of approximately 17.8 million work days a year.
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. A joint is a connection between bones, so this joint connects the mandible (lower jaw) to the temporal bone (side of the skull). To feel this joint in motion, put your fingers in front of your ear and move your jaw around. Think of all the times you use this joint! Chewing, talking, yawning, and swallowing are all made possible by the temporomandibular joint.
Here’s where problems arise:
The makeup and movement of this joint is more complex than most other joints in the body. There are so many components and moving parts that can cause problems.