Jaw Pain: A Serious Warning Sign
Are you suffering from jaw pain by your ears? Don’t dismiss this pain as just some mild jaw strain, it can be a sign of a much more serious condition known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorders or TMJ Disorders.
Here are some quick facts for you to know:
What are Temporomandibular Joint Disorders?
According to TMJ.com, the temporomandibular joint is what connects your jaw bone to your skull. TMJ Disorders cause pain in the joints and muscles controlling the movement of your jaw and face.
What causes TMJ Disorders?
Damage and injury to the joints, bone and muscles of your jaw, head and neck are the prime suspects for causing TMJ Disorders. Specifically, TMJ disorders follow after a heavy blow to your jaw, whiplash during car accidents, excessive grinding or chewing of the teeth especially for those fond of chewing gum, arthritis and of course, stress, which makes you clench and grind your teeth when you are frustrated.
What are the other signs and symptoms?
Apart from severe pain and tenderness in the jaw, neck and face, you might also feel strange popping, clicking or grating noises when you move your jaw, trouble chewing, talking or opening your mouth, and sometimes your jaw gets stuck when you try to open or close it.
Are there available treatments or management of TMJ Disorders?
Medications, medical devices and biologics are usually the answer for the treatment of TMJ Disorders. Managing the pain in TMJ disorders usually involves the use of over-the-counter pain relievers, stronger analgesics or muscle relaxants. Your doctor may also recommend the use of oral appliances, namely a splint or a bite guard if teeth grinding and incorrect biting is the primary cause of your TMJ Disorder.
Another option for you is Botox, which is a biological product. This drug is actually a purified form of a toxin produced by a certain bacteria, causing muscle relaxation and therefore can be used to manage the pain in TMJ Disorders.
Home remedies, such as ice packs, and relaxation techniques can be an effective way to manage the pain caused by TMJ Disorders. But remember if the pain persists, you need to contact your doctor immediately to effectively and properly treat your condition.