If you suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome you are not alone. Most people have little to no pain associated with it though. However, there are some people that cannot open or shut their mouth because it gets stuck. And there are other people who experience chronic pain from Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome. If you experience either of those two situations then TMJ treatment will be your next step. While it is great to do your own research on your symptoms and signs, please make sure you consult with your doctor to get a proper diagnosis and plan for treatment if needed.
After you meet with your doctor and he does all of his assessments and scans, he will then diagnose you. If he does, in fact, confirm you have Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome then he will recommend the next course of action which will most likely involve TMJ treatment of some sort. In most cases, your doctor will probably recommend a combination of different treatment options for you to consider.
The first TMJ treatment optionÂ is medication. He will most likely start you out on some sort of anti-inflammatories and pain reliever to help ease the pain you are experiencing. They will start you on basic over-the-counter medications, but if that does not help you with the pain, let your doctor know so they can write you a prescription to something stronger. Advil and Motrin IB are also very common for people to take. Another type of medication your doctor might recommend is some sort of muscle relaxant. The doctor may just have you stay on these for a couple days to see if it helps with the pain at all. The final type of medication your doctor may recommend is tricyclic antidepressants. This type of medication used to be only used for patients suffering from depression but just recently found to help patients suffering physical pain as well.
Another TMJ treatment option is different types of therapies. The first kind of therapy your doctor may recommend is a mouth guard. This may help with the teeth clenching. Another type of therapy your doctor may recommend is physical therapy. This will include exercises to help strengthen the jaw muscles as well as heat and ice therapy. The final type of therapy your doctor may recommend is counseling. This might help you know why you clench your jaw, is there something aggravating you? Counseling may help you get to the root of the issue.
The last TMJ treatment option is surgery. There are a few different types of surgery available to those who have extreme issues with their TMJ. The different types of surgery are open-joint surgery, modified condylotomy, TMJ arthroscopy, and arthrocentesis. However, the doctor may try a few procedures before surgery. One option is to get injections. Corticosteroid injections and botox injections may help relieve the pain from Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome.
If you need professional help dealing with your TMJ and would like to get a diagnosis and treatment plan in place, if necessary, contact Colorado Orthopedic Rehab Specialists. They have a great group of doctors ready to help you.