The temporomandibular joints, called TMJ, are the joints and muscles of the jaw that provide you the ability to open and close your mouth, talk, chew food and swallow. Therefore, when TMJ disorders arise they can not only be painful but greatly affect your quality of life.
Part of Dr Vakili’s initial examination includes checking your joints and muscles for tenderness, clicking, popping or difficulty moving. If diagnosed there are many treatments available for TMJ disorders.
What is a TMJ headache?
The most misunderstood of all headaches, TMJ headaches often mimic the other types of headaches such as tension headaches, migraine headaches or sinus headaches. Most physicians have little understanding of the most complex joint in the body, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the associated muscles. At least twenty classifications of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) are recognized, yet rarely explored in the medical community. This broad category of acute and chronic pain conditions deserves thorough exploration if you’re suffering from headaches. The findings might change your life.
Dr. Vakili’s specialized training in TMJ and TMD allows her to explore possible causes of head and neck pain often overlooked in other settings.
To learn more about the fascinating link between TMJ and headaches, schedule a consultation with Solana Smiles!