If you are wondering if you have TMJ in Hudson, there are some symptoms to watch for.  Some TMJ sufferers experience neck pain, migraines, pain in the jaw muscles and limited movement in the jaw.  TMJ can be caused by a number of things.  Grinding or clenching your teeth at night, constant gum chewing and stressful situations that cause you to clench your teeth and tense your jaw muscles.

Thankfully, there is help for TMJ.  It usually begins with medical or physical therapy to help you start to gain mobility back in your jaw.  A doctor may prescribe you anti-inflammatory medication and hot compresses for your jaw.  This helps to relax the muscles in your jaw so that you are able to move them easier. In some cases, muscle relaxants are given.  Some doctors may even recommend an oral splint that is placed in the mouth.

Often times, the problem is dental related and getting teeth corrected can help solve the problem. In other extreme cases, oral surgery may be needed to help correct the joints in the jaw.

Once the TMJ has been treated and function in the jaw and teeth has returned, a doctor or therapist may recommend some sort of stress management for the patient.  If stress is a reason they are clenching down on their jaw and causing TMJ, a patient could benefit greatly from learning ways to handle their stress.

In mild cases of TMJ in Hudson, there are ways to treat it on your own.  You may want to avoid chewing gum and eating hard candy.   It’s also a good idea to apply a heating pad for at least 30 minutes twice a day. Take an anti-inflammatory or aspirin to relieve the pain.  You can also exercise your jaw by bringing the lower teeth out over the upper teeth.  You can do this before meals or after meals and at bedtime.

If you see a doctor for your TMJ, there are some questions to ask them to ensure you will be receiving a proper diagnosis.  Sometimes TMJ can be difficult to diagnose.  A headache may be diagnosed as something else when TMJ is the underlying problem.  Ask your doctor what kind of tests they will be conduction for the TMJ.  Ask about the types of treatment they recommend.  If he or she prescribes you any medication, make sure you ask about side effects. You should ask how many treatments you may need before you start feeling better.  Your doctor will also let you know if surgery is required in your case.

You don’t have to suffer from TMJ in Hudson, talk to a medical professional, get a diagnosis and start getting relief today.

TMJ Hudson Columbia Physical Therapy, P.C. Specialized in T.M.J. dysfunction and Myofascial Pain Syndrome. Get in touch with them for more information & other services.

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