Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome is a common condition that affects the jaw joint and muscles responsible for chewing, speaking and swallowing. It can cause significant discomfort that disrupts daily life. For example, those with TMJ syndrome may suffer from frequent headaches, jaw pain or difficulty opening and closing their mouth, which makes talking and eating challenging.
Finding Long-Term Relief from TMJ Syndrome-Related Pain
Fortunately, non-invasive treatments are available for the long-term relief of pain associated with TMJ syndrome. Dr. Roy Nini and Dr. Paul Lee from FullRange Spine & Ortho offer their patients several solutions. If you seek their assistance, they may recommend physical therapy, massage, dental mouth guards, OTC NSAIDs or Botox® injections for addressing headaches or jaw pain.
A Brief Description of the Suggested Long-Term Solutions
Physical Therapy: Physical therapy can be a highly effective treatment for TMJ syndrome. A skilled physical therapist can help you identify and correct any muscle imbalances, postural issues or joint dysfunctions contributing to your headaches. They may also recommend specific exercises and stretches to strengthen the muscles around the jaw joint and improve its mobility. As a result, physical therapy can help you regain normal jaw function and alleviate headache pain.
Massage: Massage therapy can be a valuable adjunct to other treatments for TMJ syndrome. Skilled massage techniques can help relax the muscles around the jaw joint and relieve tension that contributes to headaches. In addition, a licensed massage therapist can use various methods, such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy and deep tissue massage, to address the underlying muscle imbalances and tightness that may be causing TMJ-related headaches.
Dental Mouth Guards: Dental mouth guards, splints or occlusal appliances are custom-made devices that help alleviate TMJ-related headaches. These mouthguards are typically worn at night and work by repositioning the jaw to relieve pressure on the jaw joint and prevent teeth grinding or clenching, which can exacerbate TMJ symptoms. Dental mouthguards can be an effective, long-term solution to relieve TMJ-related headaches and protect your teeth from further damage.
OTC NSAIDs or Botox injections: In addition to these non-invasive treatments, you could benefit from taking over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help reduce inflammation and relieve pain associated with TMJ syndrome. In some cases, getting Botox injections into the jaw joint muscles may help relax the muscles and alleviate TMJ-related headaches.
Improve Your Quality of Life with the Help of FullRange Spine & Ortho Specialists
For long-term solutions to TMJ syndrome-related problems, seek professional help from experienced orthopedic and spine specialists who can assess your condition and recommend effective treatments to relieve TMJ syndrome headaches and jaw pain.
Do not let TMJ syndrome control your life. Instead, let Dr. Roy Nini, Dr. Paul Lee or another FullRange Spine & Ortho team member help you improve your quality of life by contacting our practice to schedule a consultation today.Posted on behalf of FullRange Spine & Ortho