TMJ

INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO

Slip and falls often occur due to wet floors, spilled liquids, inadequate or missing entryway mats, and many other hidden hazards you don’t notice until it is too late. Trip and falls happen when unexpected objects or conditions impede your intended direction of travel. People often trip over large cracks in the sidewalk, potholes in crosswalks, unmarked and unexpected steps, and a host of many dangerous conditions that can cause a bad fall. Falls can happen when stairs break or crumble, or when a handrail or other safety device fails and causes a fall rather than preventing one.

TMJ involves an injury to the temporomandibular joints, which act as a sliding hinge for the skull and jaw. These joints are located on both sides of the skull and are used for when people talk and chew. When injured, it can lead to severe chronic pain as these joints work together with the muscles and ligaments. This pain may last for several years.

TMJ

Symptoms of TMJ

  • Jaw Pain
  • Jaw Clicking and Popping
  • Ear Pain and Ear Ache
  • Popping Sounds in Ear
  • Headaches
  • Stiff or Sore Jaw Muscles
  • Pain in the Temple Area​
  • Locking of the Jaw Joint

Cause Of TMJ

One of the most common causes of TMJ is a car accident. When a car is struck from the back, the force of the impact may cause the person to bounce their head violently back and forth. The forces may pressure the joints on both sides of the jaw. This may cause TMJ in addition to whiplash injuries. A person could also suffer from TMJ when they hit their jaws on the steering wheel or the dashboard during car accidents.

TMJ disorders often responds to home remedies like holding ice packs to the join or massaging the jaw.

How It Can Affect Your Life

TMJ can give you unnecessary stress and anxiety in your life. The chronic pain that comes with TMJ can make you live your life very uncomfortably. The pain from TMJ can make you lose sleep. Opening your mouth to yawn and eating food can be painful. The repetitive jaw movement can worsen TMJ symptoms, including the soreness and headaches. As a result, people would stop eating normally or avoid food to prevent the pain.

Recovery

TMJ symptoms may last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks then disappear after the injury or cause of discomfort has resolved. For chronic TMJ condition, the symptoms can last between months to years.

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