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FAQ: Can a TMJ Disorder Affect Other Areas of the Body?

We know the TMJ, temporomandibular joint is responsible for allowing the mouth to move up and down in order to perform everyday functions such as eating, drinking, yawning, and talking.

While the TMJ provides us with these great benefits, it can also cause a great deal of pain if the area becomes inflamed from a disorder.

Physical stress, injury, and teeth grinding can cause this to happen.

Most Common Side Effects of a TMJ Disorder

Anyone who suffers from a TMJ disorder knows the symptoms all too well.  Here is a list of just a few common side effects:

  • Swelling and inflammation
  • jaw clicking
  • tenderness in the jaw area
  • headaches
  • limited motion when opening/closing the mouth
  • tinnitus

How a TMJ Disorder Affects Other Areas of the Body

Even though TMJ is most commonly associated with jaw pain, TMJ can also affect other parts of the body.

Why does this happen?

Because if the TMJ can’t perform properly, it will strain other areas that are connected by nerve pathways. Other parts of the body that can be affected include:


The TMJ disorder can cause severe discomfort in the eyes due to the inflammation that is created to surrounding facial nerves. More specifically, the trigeminal nerve is a target since it is connected to both the jaw muscles and the eyes.


If the TMJ is under stress, any inflammation can cause the Eustachian tubes within the ear to become blocked. In turn, this can lead to both earaches and hearing loss.

Neck, Back, and Shoulders

Since the TMJ is connected to many other muscles in the neck, back, and shoulders, these muscles may try to compensate for the lack of force/effort that the TMJ is able to provide. Because of this, the strain that occurs can lead to a misalignment of the neck, back and shoulders.

When it’s Time to Seek Treatment

If you’re feeling the symptoms of a TMJ disorder, then you should seek the help as soon as you can. At Pasadena Pain Management, we not only treat the pain and discomfort but also can address the underlying causes to prevent flare-ups in the future.

For more information on how we can help put an end to your TMJ pain, Call Pasadena Pain Management for a free consultation at 627-773-8333 today!

About Pasadena Pain Management

Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.