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Can TMJ radiate to the shoulder & back?
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome (TMJ) can cause muscular spasm type pain which can radiate and/or extend to the neck, shoulders and upper back.

In brief: Yes
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome (TMJ) can cause muscular spasm type pain which can radiate and/or extend to the neck, shoulders and upper back.
Dr. Dante De Crescenzo
Dr. Dante De Crescenzo
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Absolutely
Tmj is one aspect of a general group of craniomandibular disorders.
Postural changes that can influence each other from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. If your posture is not centered, the torsional changes cause nerves that go to your shoulder and arms to be "pinched.". One goal of its treatment, is to align the head and jaw. That often relieves these types of symptoms.

In brief: Absolutely
Tmj is one aspect of a general group of craniomandibular disorders.
Postural changes that can influence each other from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. If your posture is not centered, the torsional changes cause nerves that go to your shoulder and arms to be "pinched.". One goal of its treatment, is to align the head and jaw. That often relieves these types of symptoms.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dr. Gary Lederman
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Yes
Yes, usually the TMJ is painful and also neck pain.
Would be unusual to have TMJ pain and shoulder pain without neck involvement.

In brief: Yes
Yes, usually the TMJ is painful and also neck pain.
Would be unusual to have TMJ pain and shoulder pain without neck involvement.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Julia Pewitt Kinder
Family Medicine
In brief: It's possible
It is possible that the pain caused by your TMJ is causing other muscles in proximity to also tense up, leading to pain.
All parts of our body are connected; nothing works in isolation. Try motrin, stretching, stress relief

In brief: It's possible
It is possible that the pain caused by your TMJ is causing other muscles in proximity to also tense up, leading to pain.
All parts of our body are connected; nothing works in isolation. Try motrin, stretching, stress relief
Dr. Julia Pewitt Kinder
Dr. Julia Pewitt Kinder
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