It hurts along the side of my face_ Dr. Yang’s TALK about Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)_1

It hurts along the side of my face_ Dr. Yang's TALK about Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)_1

Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is a common situation happens to one of the most complex joint system in our body, Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ). Usually, it associates with chronic facial pain.
The TMJs are the joints connecting our jaw and skull. With the harmony of the muscles, ligaments, and bones, it can allow mandible performing many movements, i.e. chewing, talking, yawning, laughing, etc.
TMD happens while the harmony broke. Most common symptoms are muscle pain and muscle stiffness around the jaw area. Moreover, patient might hear the clicking sounds while opening their mouth exceeding certain range. In a more severe situation, patient's jaw could be locked.
There are three major categories of TMD:
1. Myofacial pain (most common): muscle/facia pain
2. Internaldegeneration of the joint(s): dislocated jaw, displaced disc, or the injured condyle
3. Degenerative joint disease: rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis
Next episode, we will discuss about the exercises that can help relieving the myofacial pain causing by the TMD.
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