Though TMJ is centered in the jaw joints, the effects of the disorder can reach far. Patients often report pain or discomfort in the head, neck, shoulders, teeth, and ears. These symptoms can often cause difficulty when diagnosing TMJ, as they can indicate other issues. For example, headaches can indicate an issue with vision, and pain in the teeth can obviously be due to poor dental health. Like these examples, patients sometimes come in with chronic nasal congestion.
TMJ can cause nasal congestion due to the fact that it is a common case of mechanisms of referral. This means that the site of the symptoms are not necessary the origin of the symptom. The muscles near the jaw joints in particular are responsible for transferring symptoms to the nasal area.
Tight, inflamed, and/or fatigued muscles are often caused by overuse or bruxism – chronic clenching or grinding of the jaw. Our expert will likely recommend some simple remedies for TMJ pain at first, such as applying warm compresses, stress reduction, and certain stretches. If these tactics do not work, mouth guards or splints, orthodontics, and physical therapy may help. In extreme cases, surgery may be required.
If you are suffering from sinus congestion without indication of any other cause, visit our TMJ expert today.