TMJ i.e. Temperomandibular Joint is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. When this joint is injured or damaged it leads to Temperomandibular Joint Syndrome which is a disorder of the jaw muscles and nerves.
Ø Injury to the teeth or jaw
Ø Misaligned teeth or Misaligned jaw
Ø Teeth grinding (Bruxism)
Ø Stress (which increases muscle tension and causes Jaw Clenching)
Ø Poor Posture (causes neck strain and abnormalities of jaw muscle function)
Ø Excessive Gum Chewing
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS:
Ø Tight, stiff or sore jaw or neck muscles. Facial pain, cheek pain, chin numbness of tingling pain in the base of the tongue, shoulder pain, ear pain and pain in the jaw joint.
Ø Headaches, dizziness, Blurred vision, clicking sound of the jaw, popping sounds in the ears.
Ø Locking of the jaw (Lock Jaw) usually after widely yawning, Swelling on the sides of the face, Nerve inflammation.
Ø Responds to home remedies like placing an ice pack to the joint
Ø Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID’s)
Ø Stress Reduction
Ø Massage or Gentle Stretches of the Jaw & neck
Ø Avoiding Chewing Gums
Ø Dental Splints (Bite Guard)
Ø Botox Injections
Ø Physical Therapy
Ø Prescription Medications
Ø In case of severe cases Surgery might be required.
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