TMJ Syndrome: Symptoms and Treatment Options

                  The pain, discomfort, and dysfunction that accompany TMJ Syndrome can hamper quality of life, and unfortunately, more than 10 million Americans suffer from this condition. TMJ (temporomandibular joint) Syndrome occurs when the joint connecting the lower jaw to the side of the head is dislocated or the joint and the muscles surrounding it are inflamed. This can arise on its own or as a result of trauma, stress, or another condition such as arthritis. The symptoms can include pain, swelling, and stiffness that make everyday actions such as chewing difficult. Women tend to suffer from TMJ Syndrome more than men, and those who are younger more than those who are older. Luckily, TMJ Syndrome can be treated a number of ways. First, there are temporary lifestyle changes an individual can make to lessen the severity of symptoms. Eating soft foods, avoiding extreme jaw movements, careful jaw stretching, using an ice pack, and relaxation techniques can help with swelling, stiffness, and pain. In the short-term, an individual can use over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medications like Ibuprofen to ease the pain. For more severe symptoms, a physician can prescribe medication to help relax the muscles or reduce the swelling. A physician may instruct the use of a stabilization splint or bite guard. If necessary, a physician can perform TMJ joint blocks or Botox injections to alleviate the symptoms. New York Neurology Associates are a leading medical practice that can provide these health services and more, specializing in a multidisciplinary approach to pain management and nerve and brain-related pathologies. If you believe you exhibit these symptoms, schedule your consultation with New York Neurology Associates today.

Author
Gary Starkman Dr. Starkman, a top Neurologist in NYC, is the Medical Director and founder of New York Neurology Associates. He is Board Certified in Neurology with a subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine.

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