The jaw joint is also known as the “temporomandibular joint”, or ”TMJ”. It can be felt by placing your fingers in front of your ears, and opening and closing your mouth. The joint allows the jaw to open, close, move side-side and forward. It is important for talking, chewing, and yawning.

A TMJ disorder may affect one or both joints often causing pain and limiting jaw function. Symptoms usually come about in early adulthood, but children and the elderly can also be affected.

Please keep an eye out for next week’s blog on more information about TMJ disorders.