TMJ involves an injury to the temporomandibular joints, which act as a sliding hinge for the skull and jaw. These joints are located on both sides of the skull and are used for when people talk and chew. When this joint is injured, it can lead to severe, chronic pain as these joints work together with the muscles and ligaments. This pain may last for several years or forever.

Symptoms of TMJ

  • Jaw Pain
  • Jaw Clicking and Popping
  • Ear Pain and Ear Ache
  • Popping Sounds in Ear
  • Headaches
  • Stiff or Sore Jaw Muscles
  • Pain in the Temple Area​
  • Locking of the Jaw Joint

Cause Of TMJ

One of the most common causes of TMJ is a car accident. When a car is struck from the back, the force of the impact may cause the person to bounce their head violently back and forth. The forces may pressure the joints on both sides of the jaw. This may cause TMJ in addition to whiplash injuries. A person could also suffer from TMJ when they hit their jaws on the steering wheel or the dashboard during car accidents.

TMJ disorders often respond to home remedies like holding ice packs to the joint or massaging the jaw.

How TMJ Can Affect Your Life

TMJ can give you unnecessary stress and anxiety in your life. The chronic pain that comes with TMJ can make your life very uncomfortable. The pain from TMJ can make you lose sleep. Opening your mouth to yawn and eating food can be painful. The repetitive jaw movement can worsen TMJ symptoms, including the soreness and headaches. As a result, people sometimes stop eating normally or avoid food to prevent the pain of their TMJ.


TMJ symptoms may last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks then disappear after the injury or cause of discomfort has resolved. For chronic TMJ conditions, the symptoms can last indefinitely.

Murphy Law Firm is Here to Help You

If you’ve been in a car accident, truck accident, slipped and fell, or any other type of accident that has caused you to suffer from TMJ as a result, contact the personal injury lawyers at Murphy Law Firm. We have over 150 years of combined experience fighting for our clients. Our personal injury lawyers take an aggressive approach to your case to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries and suffering. Call Murphy Law Firm today at (225) 928-8800.


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