TMJ is an abbreviation for temper mandibular joint, and is used by many lay people to describe certain types of headache or jaw pain. Pain in the area in front of the ear, many times mistaken as an earache, may have its origin in the TMJ. The reason for this pain can vary and the treatments will depend upon the diagnosis. Pain which has its origins in the muscles of the head, neck, and shoulder can cause similar pain and is often misnamed as a TMJ problem. Some cases can be treated in our office and we have referral sources for diagnosis and treatment of TMJ, neurological, and muscle pain.