8 doctors weighed in:
Is the pain in my jaw from muscles or from joints?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Slade Suchecki
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Consider
Consider the cause.
Also, consider an evaluation by an osteopathic physician as there may be a manipulative technique which may help your symptoms and treat or augment your treatment.

In brief: Consider
Consider the cause.
Also, consider an evaluation by an osteopathic physician as there may be a manipulative technique which may help your symptoms and treat or augment your treatment.
Dr. Slade Suchecki
Dr. Slade Suchecki
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Dr. David Wyatt
Agree Dr Sucheki! I have had some patients get great relief from manipulative treatments... sorry i forgot that in my initial response!!
Dr. Arthur Heller
If the pain comes and goes, especially with exercise or stress, make sure it is not a cardiac cause (anginal equivalent). Don't know you to tell if that is a real consideration
Dr. David Wyatt
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Could be both
Tmj - or temperomandibularjoint pain - pain and tenderness at the hinge area of the jaw bone - is a syndrome of inflammation of the joint - but the muscles around the joint can get inflamed too.
Treatments are guided by the cause - may need dental / or / ENT evaluation to decide best course of action.

In brief: Could be both
Tmj - or temperomandibularjoint pain - pain and tenderness at the hinge area of the jaw bone - is a syndrome of inflammation of the joint - but the muscles around the joint can get inflamed too.
Treatments are guided by the cause - may need dental / or / ENT evaluation to decide best course of action.
Dr. David Wyatt
Dr. David Wyatt
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Dr. Duane Keller
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Source of pain
Most pain comes from muscles, but joints can also become inflammed.
Palpate the point of pain and if palpations cause the pain to change, then that is the probable source. Open and closing the jaw can cause either joint, muscle or both to become sore.

In brief: Source of pain
Most pain comes from muscles, but joints can also become inflammed.
Palpate the point of pain and if palpations cause the pain to change, then that is the probable source. Open and closing the jaw can cause either joint, muscle or both to become sore.
Dr. Duane Keller
Dr. Duane Keller
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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Touch your temples
The masseter muscle inserts(attaches) onto an area just above the temples on each side of you head.
If there tenderness there, it's like to be a muscular problem.

In brief: Touch your temples
The masseter muscle inserts(attaches) onto an area just above the temples on each side of you head.
If there tenderness there, it's like to be a muscular problem.
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
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