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Symptoms Of A Pulled Jaw Muscle
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
What can cause muscle tension like muscles in lower back involuntarily flexing, clenching jaw, muscle pain in arm and neck? Also tingling face and arm
I have tight sternocleidomastoid muscle, plus scalene and painful tmj joint but normal opening. No neurological symptoms. Could all this be muscle?
Yes, muscle spasms: It is difficult to make a suggestion without more history but TMJ can cause muscle spasms, but not usually in the SCM and scalenes. The SCM muscle may be spastic by the way you sleep or use it and also may be caused by a virus. Try ibuprofen and if not relieved in 2-3 days see a doctor as there may be something under the muscle causing it. ...Read more
Can a chronically tight sternocleidomastoid muscle cause you to have TMJ issues and aches on the jaw muscles?
Accessory breathing muscles including upper trapezius, intercoastals, pecs, and rhomboid muscles have been sore for months. Causing breathing problems?
My symptoms are jaw joint pain, jaw clicking, dizziness, grinding, chewing difficulties, neck pain and limited mouth opening. What could it be?
TMJ disorder : What you are describing is classic for TMJ - a inflammation of your jaw hinge joint. Start with ibuprofen, avoid hard foods, avoid chewing gum, apply warm compress, and get into to see your dentist. It can be made significantly worse by night time teeth grinding. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Can weak posterior deltoid muscles or weak latissimus dorsi muscles cause muscle tension and pain in the back and neck?
Yes: 20 y male w. pain "neck & back", headaches & fatigue queries if weak latissimus dorsi & deltoids causal. Primary muscles of posture teamwork to keep body-tower upright & vertical. Muscle tone asymmetries impart irregular tower tilts; thereby conscripting compensatory soft tissue spasms & development of "crossed muscle" syndromes; after V. Janda. Gravity Rules! These symptoms suggest fibromyalgia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: Common TMJ symptoms include pain/tenderness in the face, jaw, neck and shoulders, and around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth; clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth; difficulty chewing; face swelling. See your physician for evaluation. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001227.htm ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
They can...: Rarely, as the heart muscle receives less oxygen carried by (usually) blocked arteries (which causes a heart attack), the heart pumps less blood to the body. When this happens, it is possible to get muscle cramps, just like when you run a distance and blood flow can't keep up with muscle demand. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: Problems with your TMJ may often be multifactorial and involve the muscles of mastication through clenching, grinding, or other abnormal movements. TMJ pain may come and go, often increased when one is under stress. Clench, grinding, or posturing ones jaw in a certain way could strain facial muscles. Try relaxing the mind and jaw, using warm compress, and even anti inflammatories if safe for you. ...Read moreSee 14 more doctor answers
Yes?: What is the question? If you're asking about treatment, apply moist heat to the face, ask your doctor to prescribe a muscle relaxant, massage the muscles, eat soft, non-chewy foods. If you're asking about prevention, bite plates or splints can be made by dentists or ENT docs who specialize in TMJ treatment. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Depends: Depends on the circumstances. If anxiety and stress causing clenching which is causing jaw pain, perhaps medically treating anxiety/stress is the solution. If you are asking specifically about muscle relaxers vs splint, either could be used. Best approach is to have your case managed by a TMJ-orofacial pain expert. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have got a numbness in left jaw area for about one month ago and i already have neck stiffness which lead to shoulder and muscle pain what to do?
Surgery/splint/botox: If your muscle enlargement is due to clench/grinding - a nightguard may help. Botox can also work in the same situation. Occasionally, the muscles that are enlarged can be sculpted surgically by an oral surgeon. See a board certified oral surgeon for options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could be stress: In today's society, many people are finding themselves under more and more stress. The body often reacts to this by clenching or grinding the teeth. Since the muscles of the jaw are like any other muscle, the more they get 'worked', the larger and more powerful they can become. This will lead to more tension, force, and possible pain and joint problems. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
May be sensitive: If your jaw muscles are irritated from doing a lot of chewing (gum, for example) or from clenching or grinding your teeth, yawning can overstimulate the muscles causing a spasm. This spasm leads to the feeling of tenseness and pain. Try a soft diet for a week or so and see if this helps. You might want to see your dentist as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not a good idea: In general because over-exercising the jaw muscles (masseters, as in case of brad pitt) could end up overloading the chewing apparatus/jaw joint. I'm afraid brad was just naturally endowed unlike most of us! ...Read more
Need atteion: Any ' tough' or hard lump in the head and neck area need immediate attention, have to see your physician to make sure it is not a metastatic lymph node ( malignant ). ...Read more
Could the way i'm holding my jaw in place affect the tightness in my jaw muscles? Maybe I am forcing it to a new position or stretching it too much
Two diff. Things: If the pain is from the jaw muscle under your cheek that could be from the parotid gland under it, if the pain is from the joint TMJ , treatments varies from a simple night guard to surgery, see you's dentist to determine the cause of the pain and treat it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Masseter Hypertrophy: Enlarged masseter muscles can be treated with Botox to help reduce, over time, the bulk of the muscle. People who have a primary problem of clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth, may want to seek advice from a dentist to be fit for a night guard to help prevent this. I don't know of any other good interventions, however. ...Read moreSee 9 more doctor answers
Can you tell me some types of jaw exercises to help loosen the jaw muscles (mainly around the joint?
TMJ exercises: Try putting your tongue on the roof of your mouth, opening your mouth wide with your tongue in place, and breathing in slowly for two counts, and out slowly for two counts. Release and repeat 6 times, every 3 hours. Make a fist and place it directly under your chin. Balance the weight of your fist and press as you gently try to open your jaw. See OFP for consult. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
My jaw muscles have been very stiff for months. Now they are twitching. Could this be sign they are looseningup?
Just the opposite: Please see a dentist with experience treating patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Your muscles are in tetany. You may need comprehensive orthodontic treatment. ...Read more
To a degree: The jaw muscles can enlarge with clenching of the teeth but not enlarging of the jaw. ...Read more
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