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Can TMJ cause neck and shoulder pain?
Your neck, back and shoulder muscles work as a team. Seldom does a single muscle work without other muscles balancing or stabilizing its function.
Often, overworked muscles will recruit additional muscles to help out. This is known as muscle recruitment. And it can lead to structural strain up and down the body.
Strained head and neck muscles affect posture:
Head and neck muscles are involved in turning the head, eating, breathing and talking. Overworked jaw muscles can affect the neck muscles that support your head. It can affect those muscles and structures that assist the shoulders and back as well as head posture. The recruitment of other muscles can end in an imbalance, and result in strain and pain.
Sore, strained and fatigued muscles of the jaw can create posture accommodation that tilts the head and shoulders. This causes overcompensation of the neck, shoulder and back muscles.
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As with anything you use daily, over time there is going to be significant wear and tear. The same principle applies to your teeth. Practically everything you do requires the use of your teeth and your jaws. Jaw pain is common and the wear and tear can cause a TMJ disorder.
Your bite (occlusion) plays an important role:
The type of symptoms, the intensity, and the timing will vary with everyone. Dr. Bramanti, a Board-Certified TMJ Dental Specialist, will bring to bear his clinical expertise, knowledge and deep understanding of how the bite, jaw, and muscle systems interact in your TMJ disorder. Rest assured, Dr. Bramanti will unravel the mystery of your condition and suffering to provide you will a successful path to pain relief.
Jaw muscle pain and your TMJ
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When even a single jaw, neck or shoulder muscle becomes overworked and fatigued – other muscles are forced to compensate to keep the head balanced on top of your spinal column. Your newly overworked muscles become strained, sore and tender – making them uncomfortable in your neck, shoulders and back.
How painful is TMJ neck pain?
Neck Pain can create constant headaches at the back of the head. Pain is often referred to behind the eyes and on the forehead. Neck pain can reduce how you function by limiting head and neck movements. Muscle pain of the neck can even affect how you stand and how your hips, knees, and feet function.
What Helps TMJ Neck Pain?
When you have a malocclusion creating a TMJ Disorder, your misaligned bite causes a ripple effect throughout all the regions in the head and neck resulting in pain and strain throughout the top half of your body. Dr. Bramanti can correct and balance your bite so that your muscles can function properly and without additional strain. Solutions offered by Dr. Bramanti can be the difference between living with muscle discomfort or with relaxed, properly functioning muscles.
TMD pain – How your bite can cause back pain
An “uneven bite” often causes an imbalance in the jaw-to-skull relationship, which in turn twists the jaw into a strained position that creates pain to the muscles in the neck, shoulders, and back.
Pain can occur in the upper back as well as the lower back.
Muscles work as a team. The vertebrae in the neck are intimately involved with the muscles for chewing, biting, talking, breathing, and head posture. Sore, tight, contracted muscles of the jaw may tilt the head and shoulders forward causing compensation from neck, shoulder and back muscles along with neck and back vertebrae.
The bones, joints, muscles, and nerves in the face and neck have a complex relationship. They try to work to correct the bite, relieving strain on the jaw and the surrounding muscles without success.
Dr. Bramanti is a TMJ Specialist who provides TMJ treatment with a comprehensive approach to develop improved balance to his patient’s bite. Call Dr. Bramanti today at 559-438-7800 for a consultation to assess your TMJ disorder and provide an appropriate course of therapy tailored to your health needs.
Thomas E. Bramanti, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Board-Certified Diplomate American Board of Periodontology/Implant Dentistry
Board-Certified Diplomate American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry
Fellow American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Clinical Assistant Professor at UCSF in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Clinical Assistant Professor UCSF-Fresno Medical Education Program, School of Medicine
Certified TMJ Expert, The Pankey Institute
THOMAS E. BRAMANTI, DDS, PHD, INC
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Fresno, CA 93710
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