The Temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are complex structures containing muscles, tendons, and bones. Injury to or disorders of these structures can all result in all sorts of pain in the jaw area. Jaw pain may occur on one side or on both sides, depending upon the cause. Also depending upon the exact cause, the pain may occur when chewing or may occur at rest. Additionally, other medical conditions not related to the TMJ may cause perceived pain in the jaw area and can be associated with arthritis, often osteoarthritis, which can affect the TMJ and lead to pain when moving the joint. Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition of the nervous system that causes extreme facial pain that sometimes involves the jaw area. Jaw pain can be associated with other symptoms, including
- a “popping” sensation,
- tooth pain,
- difficulty chewing,
- tenderness and aching of other areas of the face or neck.
At AZTMJ, Dr. Stan Farrell is one of the best-qualified doctors in the country for treating head pain, and performing trigger point ultra sound Botox injections. Dr. Stan Farrell is Board Certified and a member of the American Headache Society and a Diplomate with the American Board of Orofacial Pain, making him one of the best choices for your migraine headache treatment. If you or someone you know is experiencing the signs and symptoms of headache and or migraines, please schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Farrell at 480-945-3629 or visit us online at www.az-tmj.com
References – Longo, D.L., et al. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 18th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2011.