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Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Alternate Names : Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome, TMJ, Costen's Syndrome

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

Temporomandibular joint disorders may cause a wide variety of complaints, such as:

  • a clicking or snapping noise heard in the joint when the jaw is opened and closed
  • headaches
  • jaw pain
  • joint locking open or shut
  • limited ability to open the mouth
  • pain behind the eye
  • pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck, and back
  • spasm or pain in the muscles used for chewing
  • Certain other symptoms are often seen in people who have temporomandibular joint disorders. These symptoms may be part of the TMJ. Sometimes they may be caused by another condition that is also occurring at the same time. These symptoms include:

  • dizziness
  • ear pain
  • hearing impairment
  • ringing in the ears, also known as tinnitus
  • vertigo, which is a sense of the room spinning around that is worsened by sudden movement or turning
  • visual impairments, such as blurred vision

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    Temporomandibular Joint Disorders: Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors


    Temporomandibular Joint Disorders: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 08/20/01

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