Non-compensating and/or degenerating joints along with parafunctional habits such as clenching and grinding can cause overworked muscles and TMJ problems. These sore muscles are often mistaken for migraine headaches. Other symptoms such as painful clicking/grinding, decreased opening, locking of the jaw, and earaches can also signify TMJ problems. The first line of treatment for most of these concerns is splint therapy. Other more severe problems may require coordinated efforts with an oral surgeon and/or pain specialist.
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