Everyone has a temporomandibular joint, known as TMJ. For many, they suffer from TMD, a disorder of the TMJ. This joint plays such a crucial role as it is made up of muscles, ligaments and more to not only help you open your mouth, but when problems arise, you can have pain all the way in your temples to deep within your neck. Learn what TMJ disorder is, signs and symptoms to watch for and how a Cherry Creek wellness center can help.
What is TMJ Disorder?
The TMJ is the hinge that connects one’s jaw. For a variety reasons, issues can happen leading to TMJ disorder. Usually this occurs when the muscles, ligaments jaw or other areas stop working as they should, or encounter minor changes, that lead to pain or clicking within the jaw. Over time these changes can occur when the alignment of one’s mouth changes from things such as hits to the face or loss of teeth or arthritis. Those who also clench or grind their teeth as susceptible of suffering from TMJ disorder.
Signs and Symptoms
There are a variety of signs and symptoms that you may not even be aware of that mean you might be suffering from TMJ disorder. Two of the largest and most recognizable signs are jaw clicking and pain in the face in the jaw and temple areas. It can progressively become worse if you eat hard-to-chew foods or hear a clicking noise when you open your mouth. But that isn’t all. Others may notice ear aches or ringing in their ears or headaches. When a person is already experiencing some of the painful symptoms of a TMJ disorder, there can be swelling in the area as well. Also, TMJ disorder spans much farther than in the jaw or temples. It can make the muscles in your neck and shoulders sore, cause vertigo or blur your vision.
Options to Help Relieve Symptoms
Many suffer from TMJ disorder without even realizing they have a problem. The pain and issues are not normal and there is relief. You can confirm a diagnosis by working with your doctor or dentist. They may take an x-ray or MRI to confirm. Your dentist might recommend a bite guard to wear at night, or even during the day, to help with the grinding or clenching. You can also ice the area, take over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, try acupuncture or work with a physical therapist. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, it is important to seek help over so you don’t have to live dealing with the symptoms. You can learn more about what TMJ disorder is and ways to help in WebMD’s write up on temporomandibular joint disorders
While TMJ can be a nuisance and painful, there are options for relief. If you have been diagnosed with TMJ disorder and are seeking relief, Cherry Creek Wellness Center can help. Learn how TMJ treatment
can help you relieve your symptoms. Work with your doctor and physical therapist to find relief from your TMJ issues.