Jaw joint dysfunction is often misdiagnosed. The result can be a host of painful symptoms and their treatments that only mask the real condition underneath.
BY DR. GENE JENSENDoes your jaw hurt? If it’s based on TMJ dysfunction, it may be only the tip of the iceberg. For one thing, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction is often misdiagnosed. The TMJ refers to the two symmetrical jaw joints located at the upper end of the lower jaw. The joints originally evolved as a prehensile organ, much like monkey’s tail, used in the acquisition of food as well as speech.