TMJ and Muscle at back of neck
About 15 years ago I had an injury to a muscle in the back of my neck to the right of the base of the skull. This injury affected my lower jaw, causing it to shift to the left when opened all the way. The injury prevented me from being able to turn my head all the way to the right, but oddly enough, I never experienced any jaw pain from that. BUT NOW .. Recently, I went to simply yawn, my jaw locked on the right side and cracked REALLY LOUD when I went to move it again.. Immediately after that crack, I was suddenly able to turn my head all the way to the right and my jaw no longer shifted to the left when opened ... Gradually, I have been developing pain and stiffness in the jaw joint (right side, directly in front of the earlobe) and stiffness and pain down the neck muscle that was originally affected by the injury. The jaw joint is sore to the touch, in a way I can only describe as feeling like a very bad bruise. It also clicks, locks and cracks from time to time.. It is also causing referred pain to the teeth on the lower right side of my mouth. I don't know whether to think the neck muscle is the cause and to seek a Chiropractor, or if the jaw joint/muscle caused the problem. Can you please advise me as to what direction I should take to seek treatment??