The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull (temporal bone) and allows for the hinge motion of the lower jaw necessary for eating and speaking. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) describes multiple conditions in which the function of the joint is compromised to various degrees. Symptoms can include a clicking in the jaw on opening and/or closing, pain in the muscles of the head and neck, inability to open the mouth to a normal degree. Most people can open to a width of 3-4 of their fingers held vertically. In TMJD, changes in the joint or in the muscles surrounding it can limit this opening and be very painful. An accurate diagnosis is necessary to treat TMJD. Dr. Foltz and his team treat TMJD holistically and conservatively to bring relief. It all begins with a simple head and neck examination. Call today to schedule an evaluation.