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It used to be said that the "eyes are the window to a person's soul." That may still be true, but I can tell you that the " belly is a window to a person's eating habits." Who among us hasn't joked at some point about the fact that some men "get pregnant" right along with their wives, choosing to overeat, in the name of keeping their wives who are eating for two, company. And certainly we can easily spot the beer guzzling guy, with his rotund stomach that enters the room before he does. Well if you go into a random school these days, you are likely to see the soda pop belly. Kids carrying significant amounts of extra weight in their mid-section. It does not take rocket science to explain a basic health reality. Our kids are moving a lot less during their waking hours and they are consuming too many calories. If you train your child to drink juice every time they are thirsty, they will switch over to soda in time, or simply add it to their juice fix. Water will never be on their r...
TMD; Temporomandibular joint disorders; Temporomandibular muscle disorders
Symptoms associated with TMJ disorders may be:
Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
Dull, aching pain in the face
Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
Signs and tests
You may need to see more than one medical specialist for your TMJ pain and symptoms, such as your primary care provider, a dentist, or an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor, depending on your symptoms.
A thorough examination may involve:
A dental examination to show if you have poor bite alignment
Feeling the joint and connecting muscles for tenderness
Pressing around the head for areas that are sensitive or painful
Sliding the teeth from side to side
Watching, feeling, and...
You might be a little concerned to hear snap, crackle and pop in the morning, especially when those noises are not coming from your bowl of Rice Krispies. Instead, those noises might be coming from one, two or three of your joints. Yikes. What do all these gyrations mean? Doctors hear these question all the time but sometimes even we do not know the exact answer and that uncertain seems to make matters worse. So, let me try to clear the air about some of these joint sounds.
A "snap" is classically heard coming from the hip joint - a snapping hip . Usually, this sound represents a tendon snapping across one of the big hip bones. When this motion creates friction and irritation to the soft tissues, that sound can be accompanied by pain. A snapping hip is not a problem unless pain, reduced range of motion or weakness are also presenting as part of the problem. Other joints can also make snapping noises because the interaction between tendons, muscles and bones is not as silent and ...
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