Many of Dr. Ivan Stein’s patients are surprised to learn that temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems can affect other areas of the body. They don’t realize that their ear pain or headaches are related to the problems they have with TMJ disorder (TMD). Therefore, finding a solution to TMD is critical not only for jaw health but for total body health and overall well-being.
TMJ Disorder At a Glance
The TMJ is the area where the lower jaw and the skull meet. If the joint gets injured, misaligned or dislocated, it can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as popping or clicking noises when opening the mouth, pain, and locked jaw.
Left untreated, TMJ problems only get worse, and they can have a domino effect on the rest of the body. The pain affecting the jaw can radiate throughout the body. Where and when the pain occurs, and how severe it is, varies by person, but it is not uncommon to experience pain or discomfort in the head, ears, back, neck and shoulders. The muscles in these areas can feel sore, tight or strained, and muscle spasms can cause pinched nerves in the arms and hands.
Some of the problems that TMJ patients can experience include the following:
- Eye pain
- Earaches or ear pain
- Sinus pain
- Chronic backaches
- Neck pain
- Sore throat
- Shoulder aches
- Arm and finger numbness
Although it may be difficult to imagine how the jaw joint can affect the rest of the body, know that treating TMJ can reduce or resolve the symptoms affecting the head, neck, back and shoulders.
Find Relief from TMD
If you experience persistent jaw pain and discomfort in other areas of your body could be linked to TMJ problems, you should see Dr. Stein to get the help you need. After performing a full exam and providing a diagnosis, he can explain your treatment options and recommend the best way to find lasting relief. Dr. Stein offers a range of treatments designed to treat the root cause of the problem (not just the symptoms).
Many of Dr. Stein’s patients find that their posture, range of motion, strength, stamina and overall quality of life improve with TMJ treatment.
To book an appointment with Dr. Stein, please contact the Headache & TMJ Center of New Jersey today.