formed by the jawbone meeting the skull, and is just in front of the ear. Problems from this joint can cause headaches. Please consult with a headache neurologist before pursuing jaw surgery as pain experienced in the jaw can be referred from different locations. Please see "Headache: Did You Know" sign.
The temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) is a very unique and fragile joint. Because of the numbers of tendons, ligaments and muscles that are used to hold it in position, it is subject to trauma and stress. As a result, headaches, jaw soreness and neck aches can all be related to problems related to the TMJ. Sometimes the small disc that separates the lower jawbone from the socket where it rests gets displaced and a bite splint may be used among other therapies to "reposition" the jaw into the proper alignment. More on the TMJ.