TMJ Neck Pain
TMJ neck pain is not unusual and is often found in patients with TMJ syndrome. The whole body is connected and interrelated. If you place a pebble in someone's shoe and make this person walk ten miles, not doubt, this person will have back and leg pain. The problem is the pebble, but the back now hurts. If a joint hurts, the body often attempts to protect it by changing the position of the body. This takes a lot of energy and can cause muscle splinting, muscle spasm and muscle pain.
TMJ neck pain comes from the body's attempt to stretch the painful or injured joint. The small muscles under the back of the head will often shorten to pull the head back and stretch the jaw joints. However, they are very small muscles and quickly become painful. The rest of the body sometimes responds by repositioning the neck to assist these muscles in their efforts. In general, the body will do everything it can to keep the eyes level even if it causes distortion in the rest of the body.
TMJ neck pain can also occur with stretching of the neck to one side. The body knows that protecting a painful joint helps decrease the pain. A patient with a TMJ problem often sleeps on the painful TMJ to immobilize it during the night. This helps reduce the pain and allows the patient to get some sleep.
Dr. Mark Allan Padolsky is an Atlanta TMJ Dentist who enjoys helping his patients reduce or eliminate their TMJ neck pain. Of course, you are welcome to join his family of patients. He offers both initial ( Phase 1 ) TMJ treatment and can also restore the bite if a patient desires it ( Phase 2). If you have a TMJ problem and would like schedule a TMJ consultation with Dr. Padolsky, please call 404-874-7428 to schedule your appointment.