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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is a common condition that affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. This condition can cause a wide range of symptoms, including pain, stiffness, popping and clicking of the jaw, headaches, and even difficulty with opening and closing the mouth.

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Causes and Symptoms of TMD

The exact cause of TMD is not well understood, however, it is known to be caused by a combination of factors including trauma to the jaw, stress, and certain medical conditions such as arthritis. Some of the most commonly cited causes include:

  • Trauma: Trauma to the jaw, such as from a blow or injury, can cause damage to the temporomandibular joint and lead to TMD.
  • Stress: Stress can cause the muscles around the jaw to tense up and lead to pain and discomfort.
  • Arthritis: Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or other types of arthritis can affect the temporomandibular joint and lead to TMD.
  • Bruxism: Bruxism is a condition in which a person grinds or clenches their teeth, which can put strain on the temporomandibular joint and lead to TMD.
  • Malocclusion: Malocclusion is a condition in which the lower and upper teeth do not meet correctly when the jaw is closed, which can put extra stress on the temporomandibular joint and lead to TMD.
  • Jaw joint hypermobility and dislocations: Hypermobility or dislocation of the jaw joint can cause pain and discomfort.

It’s important to note that TMD can have multiple causes, and it’s likely that a combination of factors contributes to the development of this condition.

Treating TMD

At Monarch Pain Management, we understand the impact that TMD can be a painful condition. Our team of experts is focused on providing you with effective treatment options to help manage your pain and improve your quality of life. Our approach to treating TMD is personalized to each patient. We begin with a thorough consultation and examination to identify the underlying cause of your pain and develop a plan to manage pain associated with TMD.

We offer a variety of treatment options to help manage TMD pain including:

  • Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the jaw, improve the range of motion, and reduce pain
  • Medications such as pain relievers and muscle relaxants may be prescribed to help manage pain and improve function of the temporomandibular joint, 
  • Jaw exercises are designed by a physical therapist and help improve the function and stability of the jaw
  • Injections including TMJ joint injections and Botox injections can alleviate inflammation in the joint as well as muscle tension on the joint

In addition to traditional treatment options, our team also offers a range of alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, massage therapy, and biofeedback, to help reduce pain and promote healing.


Find Relief from TMD

Double-board certified pain management, physician Dr. Przybysz is helping more patients find relief from pain.  

Schedule your appointment with Monarch Pain Management to begin your personalized treatment plan today – call (714) 793-9260 or Connect with us to book an appointment today.

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