Jaw and facial pains are common conditions that can arise from joints and muscles in the neck and face. Both the joints in the cervical spine, known as facet joints, as well as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the joint where the jaw hinges, can be responsible for facial and jaw pain. Typical symptoms can range from pain in the neck and shoulders, in front of the ear, pain in the neck, trouble opening the mouth, clicking, snapping, and grinding of the “jaw joint.”
Other common symptoms that can include the temporomandibular joint and cervical spine include toothaches, headaches, neckaches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears. With so many potential causes of both facial and jaw pain, a detailed history and clinical exam is warranted to figure out the root of your problem. Ruling out more serious or invasive conditions is conducted through examination. More often than not, a less invasive route is all that is needed to address your condition. At Comprehensive Medical Care proper treatment begins with the proper diagnosis.