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TMJ Disorders

TMJ Disorders

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jaw to the skull. TMJ disorder or syndrome is a condition caused by damage or injury to this joint. It leads to pain in the jaw joint and in the muscles that control its movement. Specialized in treating different types of joint pain, HealthQuest offers nonsurgical treatment for TMJ disorders with the goal to address pain, restore function, prevent avoidable impairment, and prevent the condition from progressing.

As HealthQuest is a multispecialty healthcare center, our team of pain management specialists includes orthopedic specialists, neurologists, physical therapists, and chiropractors. This collaborative approach promotes accurate diagnosis and focused treatment.

Symptoms

Various factors can cause this orthopedic problem, such as jaw injury, misalignment of the teeth or jaw arthritis, teeth grinding, poor posture, stress, arthritis, and genetics. Symptoms include:

  • Pain around the jaw
  • Pain in and around the ear
  • Tooth pain
  • Pain while chewing
  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
  • Clicking or popping noises when chewing or moving the mouth
  • General facial pain

Persistent pain or tenderness in the jaw or inability to open or close the jaw completely requires immediate medical attention.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of TMJ syndrome will involve a medical history and physical exam. Patients may be referred to a dentist specializing in jaw disorders to confirm the diagnosis. An MRI scan of the temporomandibular joint may be performed to check for cartilage damage in the jaw joint and to exclude the possibility of other medical conditions which have similar symptoms.

Non-surgical Treatments

We offer proven, conservative treatments for TMJ that do not affect the tissues of the face, jaw, or joint, or involve surgery. These include:

  • Pain medications: NSAIDs and muscle relaxants
  • Therapeutic heat and cold treatments
  • Splints or oral appliances to reduce the effects of clenching or grinding of the teeth
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for pain relief
  • Ultrasound to relieve soreness or improve mobility
  • Trigger-point injections
  • Physical therapy - gentle jaw stretching and relaxing exercises to help improve jaw mobility
  • Chiropractic treatment to relieve stress on the jaw muscles

To learn more about our pain management options for TMJ or to schedule a consultation, call 718-769-2521 or send an email to info@hqbk.com.