TMJ Disorder Treatment In Frisco
What is TMJ Disorder?
Usually referred to as TMJ syndrome, temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a term used to describe pain in the joint connecting the jaw to the skull; it can have varied causes and, in turn, can cause diverse problems in other areas of the head. TMJ syndrome can be responsible for neck pain, pain affecting your ear, face, or just headaches in general. It can cause your jaw to lock, making it hard to open or make clicking and popping sound whenever you bite down or chew.
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What Can TMJ Syndrome Cause?
Like with most things, the causes of TMJ can vary. Trauma tops that list and is often caused by grinding your teeth and or clenching your jaw.
This constant stress on the joint can cause:
- Damage to the cartilage disc of the joint
Sometimes dental work is at fault due to overstretching the joint for a long time, in which case a well-placed massage can prove to be very useful.
Pain is always a giveaway, in the joint or facial muscles. The pain may be more pronounced when using the joint by yawning, chewing, or talking. It may lead to headaches. TMJ is known to cause noise to be heard by the patient; this noise comes in the form of pops or clicks in the jaw. Swelling is a common symptom, and occasionally, TMJ will cause tinnitus and even some hearing loss. Sometimes patients will confuse TMJ with ear infections, although the ear itself is just fine. While some symptoms last days or weeks, some conditions may have symptoms extended over months or even years.
Age is a critical factor as arthritis can push your joints to fail, like in most ailments genetics can play a part, people who suffer from high levels of stress, as well as those suffering from headaches and lower back pain, are known to be at higher risk than those who do not present these problems.
Women are also known to have a higher likelihood of TMJ Syndrome than men.
Get Treatment For TMJ at Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine
Always consult with a medical professional before starting any exercise routine or set of stretches. Physical therapists can provide you with personalized stretches and exercises that will significantly help with TMJ pain-reducing joint and muscle tension and offer you the relief you need. If you follow the appropriate therapy, you will be able to strengthen the muscle group that controls the jaw and help mitigate future flare-ups. Other treatments will include ice and heat therapy to relieve the inflammation as well as professional massages to reduce muscle tension.
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