Located on either side of the head just below the ears, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jawbone to your skull. An incredibly complex joint, it works together with other joints and muscles to help you chew, speak and yawn. Arthritis and other joint conditions can effect the TMJ, causing Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. This can lead to head and jaw pain, and problems opening and closing the mouth.
Possible Signs of TMJ Disorder:
- Pain and tenderness around ear
- Jaw pain
- Problems opening and closing mouth
- Clicking, popping, crunching or grinding when you chew Headaches or ear pain