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Health Options for Temporomandibular Joint Pain

Temporomandibular Joint Pain DiagnosisTemporomandibular joint pain occurs where there is a problem with the jaw, the facial muscles surrounding it or, the actual hinge joint which connects the lower mandible to the temporal bone. This impacts the movement of the jaw and limits chewing motion. Although the actual cause of temporomandibular joint pain is not entirely clear, it can certainly impact life on a day to day basis. The exact cause may be unknown but, whiplash injuries or, general injury to the muscles of the head, neck or jaw may be responsible for joint pain. Grinding teeth can put a lot of pressure on the jaw if there is osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the jaw, or the individual is highly stressed, this may cause the tightening of the muscles in the jaw. It is important to also consider whether there is dislocation of the disc between the ball and socket.

 

Symptoms can be painful. Headaches are likely to be experienced and there will be a pain in the temple area. There may be limited movement around the temporomandibular joint and the ears may pop, develop a ringing sound or dizziness may be experienced. There may also be stiffness in the back, shoulder or neck. Symptoms will be related to the amount of mental and physical stress that occurs on a day to day basis. Stress impacts everyone in life, it’s impossible to avoid it completely so learning how to manage it and to compensate is important. Even those under pressure from stressful situations in the short term need to learn how to manage stress levels. The healing powers of each person will vary too. This is also interconnected to the individual’s adaptability. Constant pain can lower immune function and affect mood, and this is why it is important to seek medical assistance when temporomandibular joint pain occurs. Self-diagnosis is not advisable. Symptoms are likely to continue if treatment does not take place and the condition can even become chronic if left unchecked. Where there is early intervention, there is usually a much quicker relief. The Orthopedic Center Arizona specializes in chiropractic treatment for these types of conditions and the success rate for this type of condition is high. Chiropractic treatment works well generally.

 

It takes a holistic and whole-body approach to wellness and the chiropractor will need to understand the condition and how it affects the individual so to create an accurate recovery plan. There may be x-rays to assess the body structure and spine. The individual’s medical history will be reviewed, and a physical examination will also occur. Subsequently, some spinal adjustments are likely.

 

In addition, massage therapy, rehabilitation exercises, electrical nerve stimulation and lifestyle changes are likely. There may be adaptations to posture, nutrition and a discussion about weight-loss. Spinal mobilization and manipulation have been found to be beneficial for those with temporomandibular joint pain offering much relief. Treatment is based on an accurate diagnosis of the cause of pain considering any traumatic or surgical history and typically, it is a treatment that offers much relief for back and neck pain generally.  Find out more about how to improve this condition by seeking advice from OSPLarizona

 

Whiplash Treatment at a Top Gilbert Pain Management Practice

FAQs on Whiplash

 

About 120,000 Americans are treated for whiplash pain every year. At least two percent of Auto-Accident-2-300x199estimated two million men and women injured in nonfatal auto accidents face the risk of suffering from this medical condition. Taking together injuries from contact sports, slip and fall injuries, physical assault, amusement park rides and neck blows from various other activities, about 2 to 3 million people experience whiplash injuries of various degrees.

What is whiplash injury?

Whiplash injury indicates a traumatic condition associated with sudden jolt to the cervical spine. It is caused by violent or abrupt pressure on the neck forcing it to whip backward and forward. The unexpected jerking impacts and harms neck muscles, disks, ligament and even nerves. The pressure exerted causes disruption in the cervical spine alignment and entrapment of nerve roots by the vertebra. This triggers recurring pain and restricted neck movement, two important signs of whiplash injury.

Whiplash commonly occurs in victims of auto accidents and sports injuries. Rear-end motor collisions perpetrates the highest number of cases. Those suffering from work injuries, collision injuries and fall injuries are at increased risk. The severity and need for treatment vary from patient to patient.

How does whiplash injury occur?

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The neck comprises of bony structures, cervical spine, muscles, ligaments and nerves. When there is a quick blow on the neck, the muscles and ligaments are forced to overstretch beyond their typical ability to absorb the shock. This phenomenon is observed when the neck whips backward and forward. As a result, there may be injuries to neck muscle, ligament and the cervical spine or even physical changes in the cervical vertebra alignment.

If the alignment is affected, nerve roots are likely to be entrapped or stretched and irritated leading to inflammation and pain. If there is damage to disc, muscles or ligaments, there is the likelihood of injury and inflammation, which also contribute to painful symptoms and reduced neck mobility.

What are signs and symptoms of whiplash injury?

A patient with whiplash injury is likely to have one or more of the following symptomps.

  • Stiff neck
  • Neck pain immediately or 24 hours after the accident
  • Cervical pain restricting neck motion to front, back or sides
  • Restricted neck mobility
  • Headaches at the backside or base of your skull
  • Spasms and tenderness in muscles of the neck, shoulder, upper back and arm
  • Pain, numbness or tingling sensation in arms
  • Dizziness, weariness, blurred vision, headaches, concentration difficulty, irritation
  • Neck ligament injury
  • Myofascial injuries
  • Facet joint syndrome
  • Paresthesias, fatigue, upper back pain, Sleep disturbances, shoulder pain

What are the causes of whiplash injury?

Whiplash injury to the neck occurs when it is subject to excessive stress or jolt from

  • auto accidentsAuto-Accident3
  • physical assault
  • contact sports injuries
  • cycling accidents
  • injuries from slip and fall
  • blows to the head from a heavy object
  • inappropriate landing during a jump
  • carrying heaving objects for long or weightlifting
  • injury from horse riding
  • injury from intense activities

Who are at the increased risk of whiplash injury?

Victims of rear- or side-impact car collisions and sportspersons are at the increased risk of whiplash injuries. Those with cervical spine arthritis and adventure sports enthusiasts also face the risk.

When to see a doctor?

Minor whiplash injuries resolve within a short period. However, a major injury may lead to recurring pain that lasts for weeks. Consult a doctor, if you experience recurring severe neck pain, cervical strain or stiffness in the neck or upper back within a few weeks of the injury.

How is whiplash injury diagnosed?

  • Physical verification of symptoms and pain area
  • X-ray or MRI to rule out injuries to the vertebrae
  • CT scan to verify injuries to soft tissues
  • Any other test required to rule out potential existence of other conditions causing neck pain

What are complications of whiplash injury?

Whiplash injury left untreated may cause prolonged pain and neck disability. Damaged vertebra and muscles may aid in the onset of paraplegia and other spinal disabilities.whiplash 2

What are treatment methods for whiplash injury?

Whiplash injury treatment has two objectives – reduce or suppress pain and facilitate improved neck movement.

  • Self-Care and Conservative Methods

Rest, physical therapy, ice pack use, massage, acupressure and certain cervical, flexibility and breathing exercises help reduce pain and recover from minor whiplash injuries.

  • Medication and Medical Devices

NSAIDs, muscular relaxants and other pain killers are prescribed to patients complaining of whiplash pain. Patients wearing cervical collars are most common examples of whiplash injury treatment. Made from foam, these devices are mostly suggested immediately after the injury. However, their long-term use negatively affects the recovery, as muscular strength is eroded.

  • Long-Term Pain Management Methods
  • Electrical stimulation: It stuns the irritated nerves and affects their ability to carry pain signals.
  • Trigger point injections: Injections of numbing medication with or without steroid mixed deaden the painful muscle spot and treat inflammation and facilitate neck movement without pain.
  • Botox: Injections containing botulinuTrigger_Point_Injectionsm toxin paralyze muscles causing cervical stiffness and pain and assure pain relief.
  • Medial branch block: Numbing medication blocks the ability of medial branch and treat their inflammation and irritation. It is best in case of whiplash pain from entrapped nerve roots.

OSPI offers top notch orthopedic, pain management and chiropractic treatment in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek and surrounding areas. All types of nonoperative treatment are offered at the practice, including medications, manipulations, electrical stimulation, TENS unit, facet/medial branch injections, radiofrequency ablation, trigger point injections and more.

Most insurance including personal injury liens are accepted at OSPI. Quick appointments are available. Call (480) 899-4333 for more information and scheduling with the top chiropractic, orthopedic and pain management providers in the East Valley!

 

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