Yup – you heard us right. We are officially diagnosing you with a TMJ, but it’s nothing to be concerned about! It’s a common misconception that TMJ means you are having jaw problems, when in actuality the ‘J’ only stands for joint. Everyone has joints in the their jaw! So you may be off the hook! it actually doesn’t become a problem until you are diagnosed with TMD which stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.
According to WebMD, your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). But you may hear it wrongly called TMJ, after the joint.