TMJ starts by afflicting the jaw and can spread throughout the head, neck, and back. Named for the temporomandibular joint that controls jaw function, TMJ is officially identified as TMD, or temporomandibular disorder. But most people, doctors included, just call it TMJ.
This is a complicated and somewhat random condition. Not a lot is known about its causes, which can be as much psychological as physiological. One of the first questions asked by our expert in TMJ treatment in Northridge will be about your stress levels. Have you recently undergone a financial strain, or suffered an unexpected loss? Are you working too much?
If you sit at a desk all day, do you use ergonomic exercises to ease the burden on your neck and back? If you have poor posture, you may be more susceptible to TMJ.
If suggested lifestyle changes do not bring relief, your doctor may recommend medication—either over-the-counter pain reliever, or tricyclic antidepressants. These are only necessary if your symptoms persist with little to no justification.
Non-pharmaceutical options include physical therapy and counseling. You may even require something like an oral splint, although reviews of these appliances have been mixed so far.
If you plan to seek treatment for TMJ, we cordially invite you in for a consult.