Tmj, also known as Temporomandibular Joint, is the joint that connects the mandible (lower jaw) to the skull. The joint can be found on both sides of the head in front of the ears, and it allows your jaw to open and close, enabling you to speak and eat. Tmj is also used to refer to a group of health problems related to the jaw and these disorders can cause tenderness at the joint, facial pain, and difficulty moving the joint.
HOW IS TMJ DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis involves a thorough physical examination of the jaw bone to look for specific areas of pain. MRI, CT scan and x-rays will be needed for further investigations.
HOW IS TMJ TREATED?
In most of the cases, Tmj disorders can be treated at home with self care practices. However, in a severe case of Tmj, the doctor prescribes medication and certain therapies to help reduce stress.
DID YOU KNOW?
Physical therapy including ultrasound, moist heat and ice coupled with exercises to stretch and strengthen jaw muscles has proved to be beneficial for person suffering from TMJ disorder