Eight years seven months ago, I woke up on a Tuesday morning with globs of vaseline smeared over my right eye. Well, not literally, but that’s what it looked like as I peered through my glasses and started to cry. I remember that day well. The prior week I had had the nastiest of colds. The kind where you blow your nose constantly, and if for a moment you manage to breathe in through your nose, you end up choking on the phlegm drawn into your throat. Yuck. The previous Friday I had gone to the salon to have my hair cut. Nothing too out of the ordinary, except the sink hurt the back of my head/neck a bit. But I didn’t stop to complain and should have been sitting on a cushion. Somehow, I must have subconsciously thought that the hair cut and temporary blindness were connected ‘cause I didn’t get my hair cut again for another three years. LOL. But that Tuesday morning, the optometrist asked me come in right away as I h...
TMJ disorder has many symptoms , some of which can mimic other disorders. It has been called "The Great Imposter" by many physicians, and because of this, diagnosis can be difficult. The most common method of diagnosing TMJ disorder (TMJD or TMD) is by visiting a physician and having a physical exam and history performed. The physician or dentist will examine the patient’s face and jaw for pain and tenderness, listen to the joint for noises, check the patient’s bite, and measure how far the jaw can open. The physician will most likely take x-rays of the joints, which will enable him to see the bones and surrounding teeth and make sure that no other problems affecting these structures are causing the symptoms. Sometimes, other tests are ordered, such as CT scans, which are used to view the bony detail of the joint, or MRIs to view the soft tissues of the joint, including the disc. The types of imaging used in TMJ Disorder diagnosis are: Computed Tomography (CT o...
Did you know TMJ/TMD shares common traits with other diseases? Following we will explore the function and dysfunction of this small joint that creates such force and wreaks havoc in the lives of an estimated 20 million Americans.
What is TMJ and TMD?
Our temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is formed where ligaments attach our temporal bone to our jawbone (mandible). And, with the help of muscles, tendons, and facial nerves, the TMJ allows us talk, chew, bite, swallow, yawn, burp, and more. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is any disorder or derangement that interferes with normal operation of the joint.
Things that can interfere with joint function include:
Misalignment of teeth.
Muscle dysfunction, such as myofascial trigger points (TrPs) .
Overuse or repetitive motion - such as, teeth grinding, clenching with heavy lifting, or emotional stress.
Nerves – facial nerves entrapped by TrPs in the m...
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