TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT PATHOLOGY
TMJ disorder is a complex entity that can result from multiple factors. The TMJ is a complex joint that has chewing muscles in close proximity. Many reasons can cause TMJ disorder such as arthritis, tumor/growth, TMJ disc problems, clenching/bruxism, and more. Symptoms can be a combination of facial pain, ear pain, headache, open or closed lock, even muscle spasms. Fortunately, most of the patients who have TMJ symptoms only require conservative treatment with rehabilitation therapy (home therapy or professional rehabilitation specialist) and change of habit (such as less clenching or eating hard and chewy foods).
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