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Condition of the Week (2/6/2017): Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ/Jaw Pain)

First described by Costen in 1936, dysfunction of the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) affects 46 million Americans at a cost of $4 Billion annually


According to Dr. James Fricton, co-director of the TMD and Orofacial Pain Division at the University of Minnesota, “About 40% of Americans have some form of TMD.” Dysfunction of the TMJ may involve ear symptoms such as tinnitus, vertigo, hearing loss, ear pain and stiffness of the ear. Pain affecting the neck, shoulders, arm, fingers, tenderness over the TMJ, crepitus, headaches, migraines, loss of range of motion, myospasm, cranial nerve dysfunction and other symptoms affecting the face, head and neck. I have been treating biomechanical dysfunction of the cervical spine and TMJ for the last 10 years and have seen great success. The Temporomandibular Joint is an extremity joint, like the shoulders, knees and ankles commonly thought of in my sports practice. Neck moility is closely related to TMJ function. Our evaluation process involves making an accurate diagnosis first. Commonly, this involves diagnosis of neck dysfunction as well as tracking dysfunction of your jaw. Correcting the function of both areas, soft tissue therapy to promate healing and rehabilitation of the muscles that move your mouth are all critical componenets of the treatment process. If you or anyone you know suffers from jaw pain, popping or headaches, please contact my office for help. If it is a friend or loved one who suffers from this problem, you could help relieve their headaches and jaw problems for good.