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KzeraAlien   , 38

from Chicago


TMJ and What You Need to Know

There are many disorders nowadays that sometimes people are not even aware about, or people just think that it is a natural occurrence. One of these occurrences is actually the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder. Most people think that an aching jaw is actually a natural effect of not talking for long hours or by biting something immediately. If you also have this problem, then you might have an early onset of TMJ. If you do not have any idea about what this is, then read on.  


 What is TMJ?

TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint is the joint that serves as the connector of your jaw to your skull. If damage is incurred by this joint, it may lead to the development of the TMJ Disorder. Usually, this disorder is caused by injury to the teeth, abrupt chewing, misalignment of your jaw or teeth, stress, inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders, poor posture, excessive gum chewing, many more.

What are the Symptoms of TMJ?

When a person is suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, pain is mostly felt in the jaw area. However, it is not always felt, sometimes only occurring when chewing or talking, or moving the jaws excessively. Clicking of the jaw can also be observed. Popping sounds and pain the ear are also other symptomsas well as headaches and pain in the temple area.

There are also cases where patients also experience blurred vision, pain at the base part of the tongue, shoulder pain and vertigo. However, the most prominent symptoms are the stiffness of the jaws or the locking of the jaw.

What are the Possible Treatments?

Most TMJ cases are well adverse to natural home remedies. These natural remedies, in fact, are mostly effective for tmj relief. Here are some of these remedies:

Apply ice or cold pack to the affected area. Applying ice or a cold compress to the aching jaw is the most common home remedy. The cooling of the ice helps relieve some swelling as well as help numb the pain.

Avoid chewing hard or opening the mouth too wide. Eating slowly and softly helps alleviate the pain felt in the jaw. It also helps in further aggravating the problem. Most people with extreme cases of TMJ prefer to eat soft foods.

Massage and stretch the neck and jaw area. Gentle stretching and massaging of the neck and jaw area help condition and relax the jaws. There are methods to this. If you do not know, you can consult physical therapists.

Drink non-inflammatory drugs. Some people, when the pain or swelling is too much take in non-inflammatory drugs. Make sure that when you do this, you choose those that are nonsteroidal.