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Temporomandibular Joint Pain

Have Jaw Pain When Chewing?

TMJ is a painful condition that affects the jaw joint called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. It causes problems or symptoms in the muscles we use to chew with and the joints that connect your lower jaw to your upper jaw, and inevitably the skull. This is not an uncommon disorder. There are a variety of symptoms but it is most important to find to cause or reasoning behind the TMJ.

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Variety of Symptoms

  • Earaches: pain, pressure, or even a ringing in the years
  • Pain: the most generally common complaint with TMJ. Dull ache in the jaw and in areas in the same vicinity at the joint. Some deal with no pain but just have the issue using their jaw,
  • Headaches: can be migraines. Also the TMJ patient may have to deal with chronic headaches
  • Neck/shoulder pain
  • Limited ability to open the mouth, chew, speak, yell or yawn.
  • If one can open the jaw, when they do there usually is a common complaint of pain or a clicking/popping noise in the joint.
  • Jaw muscles stiffness
  • Limiting movement or locking of the jaw
  • Clicking and popping of joint
  • Bite feeling “off” clicking or it feels as if when you chew or in general the jaw is either not aligned or many other possible “bite issue”
  • Possible hearing and vision issues
  • Dizziness
 

Important To Note

Jaw noises and issues including pain or reduced mobility does not necessarily mean you have TMJ issues, It is important to see a doctor to be able to decipher the underlying issue if not TMJ.

 

Causes

Without knowing the cause of TMJ, it is hard to know the correct treatment to use.

In many, many cases, causes cannot be determined; some can depend on life factors such as:

  • Injuries to the joint in the jaw, such as car accidents where the air bag hits the face/jaw.
  • Arthritis: Various forms or arthritis can cause TMJ. Trauma or rheumatoid arthritis can cause the jaw to lock up.
  • Some dental procedures can cause TMJ
  • Grinding of teeth at night or even stress
  • Genetics: it can run in families
  • Infections
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Disk moves out of proper alignment in the jaw
  • The joints cartilage is damaged, most likely by arthritis

Risk Factors:

  • Sex and age: most commonly studies show that TMJ disorders occur in women between the ages of 30-50; this disorder can affect anyone through injury, genetics, or any of the other causes listed above.
  • Jaw Deformity: One is more likely to get TMJ if they’ve had or were born with a deformity in the bones of the face that affect how the jaw works.
  • Diseases: Other than arthritis, people with diseases such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome or sleep.
 

Temporomandibular Joint Pain Treatments

Dr. Magaziner’s philosophy is to start with the more conservative treatments (less invasive) first. If necessary, The Center for Spine, Sports, Pain Management and Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine provides multiple forms of treatment to help patients recover from an acute or chronic condition. There are many treatments which are effective in the treatment of TMJ disorders. Some of these treatments include: Prolotherapy, Medication, Acupuncture, Laser Therapy, Stem Cell Grafts, Chiropractic, Trigger Point Injections and Physical Therapy.