Chronic Pain Video

Pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be caused by various factors #anatomy

Pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be caused by various factors, including:

1. **Bruxism (Teeth Grinding or Clenching)**: Persistent grinding or clenching of teeth can strain the TMJ and surrounding muscles, leading to pain and discomfort.

2. **Arthritis**: Conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can cause inflammation and degeneration of the TMJ, resulting in pain and limited mobility.

3. **Trauma or Injury**: Direct trauma to the jaw or temporomandibular joint, such as a blow to the face or whiplash injury, can damage the joint structures and cause pain.

4. **Poor Posture**: Habitual poor posture, such as forward head posture or slouching, can put strain on the TMJ and surrounding muscles, leading to pain and dysfunction.

5. **Stress and Tension**: Chronic stress or tension can cause excessive muscle tension in the jaw and face, leading to TMJ pain and discomfort.

6. **Malocclusion (Misalignment of the Teeth)**: Misalignment of the teeth or jaw can disrupt the normal function of the TMJ, leading to pain and dysfunction.

7. **Overuse or Excessive Chewing**: Excessive chewing of gum, hard foods, or other habits that strain the jaw joint can lead to TMJ pain over time.

8. **Degenerative Joint Disease**: Conditions such as degenerative joint disease or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can cause chronic pain and dysfunction in the TMJ.

9. **Muscle Tension or Spasm**: Muscle tension or spasm in the jaw muscles, often due to stress or overuse, can contribute to TMJ pain and discomfort.

10. **Dental Procedures**: Some dental procedures, such as prolonged dental work or dental surgery, can temporarily irritate the TMJ and cause pain.

Credit @northerntherapy

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