Further Explanation of TMJ Neck Pain
When you have TMJ, the inflammation within the temporomandibular joint on either side of your face will likely spread, and as the inflammation spreads, it moves along the nerves and muscles in the head area. As this occurs, TMJ sufferers feel pain in areas outside of the jaw, like the neck and upper body.
Inflammation that spreads into muscles, ligaments, and tendons tends to have a tight dull aching sensation in the TMJ, and the pain can be severe at times. This type of pain is often accompanied by muscle tightness that will be felt in the temple, the face, and even the neck. Simply put, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder affects much more than the joints of the jaw.
Due to the varied symptoms that may seem unrelated at first, TMJ is often missed as a diagnosis. However, premier Kansas City, Missouri, Physiologic Neuromuscular Dentist, Dr. Prabu Raman, has advanced training, education, and experience in diagnosing and treating disorders of the temporomandibular joint.
More TMJ Neck Symptoms
Now that we’ve explained why the neck is involved with the dysfunction of the TMJ, let’s take a look at some of the more common TMJ neck symptoms you may be experiencing:
- Stiff neck that feels like you slept on it wrong
- Neck pain
- Upper back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Burning sensation in the neck
- Decreased range of motion (ROM) in the neck