Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome is a condition in which the joints and muscles where the jaw opens and closes on the sides of the head malfunction. TMJ syndrome is often a chronic condition, and sufferers can experience serious pain and problems with the head, neck, and jaw.
TMJ syndrome is often caused by trauma to the head, face, or neck during an accident. Many Missouri car accident survivors find themselves with symptoms of TMJ syndrome, and the condition can also be caused by a slip and fall, construction accident, or other accident that causes a blow to the head, face, jaw, or neck. While some cases are mild and resolve on their own, serious injuries can cause chronic and debilitating pain, as well as problems opening and closing the jaw, talking, chewing, yawning, playing musical wind instruments, and other activities that require use of the mouth.
Symptoms of TMJ include pain in the jaw joint and clicking, popping, or grinding noises or sensations in the jaw joint that also cause pain. Stiffness in the jaw muscles and changes in the way the top and bottom teeth fit together can also occur. If the condition is severe, it can also trigger muscle spasms in the head and neck, causing severe pain in these areas.
TMJ syndrome can be difficult to treat, and many people who develop it after an accident must live with the results, even if they cause permanent impairment. If you or someone you love has been in an accident that caused TMJ syndrome or another chronic pain condition, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced TMJ injury lawyers in St. Louis at Page Law. Our number is (314) 322-8515, and your initial consultation by phone is free.