Did you know that frequent headaches can be a sign of temporomandibular dysfunction? Although exact causes of TMD are unknown symptoms that frequently accompany TMD don’t go unnoticed. These symptoms include:
• Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw, neck and shoulders and the ear when you chew, speak, and open wide
• Jaws that get stuck or lock in the open/closed position
• Clicking or popping in the jaw joint when you open or close your mouth or chew
• Tired feeling in the face
• And even headaches!
“It is probable that you or someone you know suffers with headaches that are mild to incapacitating. How many doctors does it take to diagnose and treat the cause for headaches or orofacial pain? …Unfortunately, not all headaches are created equal and often times are misdiagnosed and go untreated. TMJ is an abbreviation for the anatomical medical term Temporomandibular joint or “jaw joint.” The TMJ is simply the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull and allows you to open and close your mouth freely. Sounds simple? Not so for TMD sufferers: Opening the mouth, chewing, and talking-functional movement we take for granted- can be excruciatingly painful, debilitating, and chronically affect normal day to day activities. Finding a specialist who treats TMJ is one of the most difficult challenges for sufferers.”
If you or a loved one is suffering call today to schedule a TMD consult. It could take less than an hour to rid you of headaches that have lasted a lifetime.
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