As an Orofacial Pain Specialist, people come to me when they’re suffering from the painful symptoms of a TM Disorder, which you may have heard referred to as TMJ, which is short for temporomandibular joints, which are your jaw joints. For most people, when properly treated, their TMJ problems can be controlled. But, for some, what began as a common TMJ problem can … [Read more...] about TMJ & Arthritis In The Jaw Joints
Note: This article explains how to evaluate yourself for TMJ, what you can do about it, and how to determine when you need to get some professional help. This past year's pandemic challenges have led more people to seek care for TMJ problems than ever before. In fact, you may be reading this article because you've had your first experience of TMJ during the past … [Read more...] about How To Evaluate Yourself For TMJ
As a TMJ doctor in New York City and Long Island, my patients come to me because of jaw and face pain, headaches, neck pain, and more. These symptoms are a result of having stressful lives. During the recent pandemic, most of us were dealing with an unusually high level of stress. You may have slept poorly, exercised less, continually tensed your shoulders, breathed in a … [Read more...] about How To Self Treat Jaw and Face Pain During Stressful Times
Is this familiar? You think your child is fast asleep, then suddenly, a screeching sound is coming out of his/her bedroom. What could be causing it? The most likely explanation is your child is grinding his teeth – an activity clinically known as sleep bruxism. Sleep bruxism, which is often associated with jaw pain (TMJ), is the most common problem seen in my practice for … [Read more...] about Your Child Is Grinding His Teeth – What Should You Do?
Identifying the origin of a patient’s chronic orofacial and TMJ pain is what makes my work both challenging and rewarding. Sometimes the answers are readily apparent while at other times uncovering important clues is more difficult. In all cases, there is no substitute for obtaining a careful history as the insights gained often help point to the mechanism of pain that is … [Read more...] about The Connection Between PTSD & TMJ