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Doctor insights on: Jaw Muscles Tightness

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Can being too skinny/underweight make my jaw/cheek muscles tight and painful? I have naturally protruding cheekbones, but never hurt until recently.

Muscle spasms: Having tight and painful jaw muscles can be due to stress , especially in a young 21 year old. Bruxism, or grinding your teeth, can also be a symptom of over active jaw muscles. Since the muscle relaxants and pt haven't helped, i recommend an evaluation by your dentist to see if bite correction(splint, orthodontics, etc) can help. If you have done this, consider biofeedback or relaxation therapy. ...Read more

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Pain in collarbone, neck and very tight jaw muscles. All due to tmd?

Pain in collarbone, neck and very tight jaw muscles. All due to tmd?

Maybe, maybe not: Pain in the collarbone area is not a common sign or symptom in tmd. However, very tight jaw muscles and neck pain are commonly seen in tmd. It sounds like you may be suffering from myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome (mpds), which is one of several forms of tmd (temporomandibular disorders). Treatment for this is usually nonsurgical, involving medication and physical therapy. ...Read more

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Can TMJ and tight jaw muscles cause muffled ears - how?

Maybe: Tmj and muscle pain can cause pain around the ears as well because of the close proximity of the ear and the jaw joint. Your dentist or ENT can evaluate you and your symptoms and find out which one is the main problem and where to start treatment. ...Read more

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I recently had jaw surgery, moving my upper jaw out 20mm. Now, i can't open my mouth very far. My jaw muscles get tight also. Help please!

I recently had jaw surgery, moving my upper jaw out 20mm. Now, i can't open my mouth very far. My jaw muscles get tight also. Help please!

See your surgeon: You will be fine. Some physical therapy of the jaw muscles and some guiding rubber bands will help you tremendously. See your doctor on how to perform these exercises and also to check if you are healing well. ...Read more

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How to relieve tightness in jaw muscles?

How to relieve tightness in jaw muscles?

Try these: Apply warm packs application, try tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen (if no allergies), exercise your jaw ( up & down movement) may help. Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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I have had TMJ and jaw muscles have been in spasm and tight. Is it a good sign if the tightness is fading and the muscles are beginning to ache?

I have had TMJ and jaw muscles have been in spasm and tight. Is it a good sign if the tightness is fading and the muscles are beginning to ache?

Good sign indeed: Moist heat, soft food, physical therapy, teeth apart during the day and NSAID otc will resolve the problem. However, see orofacial pain specialist for evaluation, diagnosis and future prevention. ...Read more

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Tight enlarged jaw muscles near my temples... Facial distortion ... Botox therapy?

Tight enlarged jaw muscles near my temples... Facial distortion ... Botox therapy?

Possibly: Botox therapy may be helpful for you. You may also need splint therapy... A night guard that you wear to reduce clenching or grinding your teeth which works the muscles and makes them larger. Your dentist and oral surgeon will work together to make this therapy work well for you. ...Read more

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Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more