Temporomandibular joint disorder often causes pain that radiates from the jaw into the head and neck. Many people assume this pain is nothing more than a recurring tension headache, and they are surprised when it does not respond to the treatments that usually provide relief. The only way to treat a TMJ headache is by treating the actual cause of the problem, which means treating the TMJ. If you think you might have TMJ and you need relief, turn to Joseph K. Askinasi, DC, DABCO, in Rye and New York City.
Could TMJ Be Responsible for My Headache?
What Is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joints are the joints between the skull and the lower jaw. They are located right in front of the ears, and they allow you to move your lower jaw up, down and in a rocking motion so you can chew and talk. The joint is composed of rounded condyles, which glide along the sockets when you open and close your mouth, and a small disc, which acts as a shock absorber. Damage to either or wear and tear over time can result in the symptoms of TMJ, which include recurring headaches.
What Are the Symptoms?
In addition to headaches, the most common symptoms of TMJ include difficulty chewing or biting, a clicking sound when you move your jaw, facial pain, earaches, neck pain, and tender jaws. The most effective way to treat TMJ and eliminate these symptoms will depend on the severity of the condition. Possible treatment approaches include mouth splints for orthopedic correction, bite realignment, anti-inflammatory medication, muscle relaxants, soft tissue manipulation, acupressure, acupuncture, and various surgical options.
If you’ve ever had a tension headache that did not respond to the usual over-the-counter pain relievers or you suffer from other symptoms of TMJ, turn to Joseph K. Askinasi, DC, DABCO, for diagnosis and treatment. You can learn more about the comprehensive care he provides by visiting his website. To make an appointment in Rye or New York City to discuss your head or neck pain, call (914) 481-4692.