Do you suffer from constant headaches? Migraines? Jaw Pain? Or even a throbbing pain around your ear? If you are suffering from any one or all of these issues, they may be caused by your Temporomandibular Joint, the hinge that connects the lower jawbone to the skull. This joint is what allows you to speak, chew or yawn effectively. Your TMJ is supported by muscles that are located under your jaw, your cheeks, and the sides of your head, as well connecting with muscles in your shoulders and chest.
Problems with this joint are called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and are usually caused by an uneven bite when the jaw is closed. Malocclusions or irregular positioning of the teeth can cause strain on the muscles, thus causing headaches or even migraines to occur.
According to Migraine Again, headaches caused by TMD are so frequent and severe that they are unfortunately often misdiagnosed and treated as a migraine without the doctor or specialist checking to see if there are any issues with the jaw or TMJ that could be causing these headaches.
Headaches that are caused by TMD most often occur on the sides of the temples and are usually misdiagnosed as either tension headaches, sinus headaches or cluster headaches. According to this study by Colgate, “ Health care providers might inaccurately diagnose TMJ-related pain as a regular stress-induced headache when they could in fact be coming from a much more preventable source.” The Temporomandibular Joint.
Constant headaches and migraines with no diagnosis can be frustrating, if you suspect you may be suffering from migraines caused by TMJ pain in Idaho Falls, schedule a consultation with a TMJ specialist today. They will be looking out for symptoms such as:
While the above symptoms can all step from TMD, it’s important to note that jaw pain can be caused by a variety of health conditions and/or issues. At your consultation for TMJ pain in Idaho Falls, your specialist will be able to correctly find the underlying issue. FInding the cause of your migraines is essential to finding a treatment plan that works for you. Other possible causes of jaw pain include:
Since TMJ pain can be caused when someone grinds their teeth (bruxism) or constantly clenches their teeth and jaw, it has a direct impact on people who suffer migraines. According to this article, there is research that points to the trigeminal nerve as playing an important role in the beginning of a migraine attack. This nerve sends messages to vessels and lining in the brain, that release chemicals that cause the pain and throbbing that is most commonly associated with a migraine. This nerve functions the same with the Temporomandibular Joint and jaw muscles that join the nerves in the neck. Jaw and neck problems are commonly a trigger point for migraine attacks because of the trigeminal nerve.
Because of this research, it makes sense that Idaho Falls TMJ treatment could help to reduce the onset of migraines as well as, treat any additional pain associated with TMD. Before starting any type of TMJ pain treatment it’s important to discuss your symptoms with your doctor. From there, they will be able to determine if TMJ treatment is a viable treatment plan for you. Finding out whether or not your frequent migraines or headaches are related to or caused by TMD could be the first step in treating your symptoms. TMJ treatment in Idaho Falls is designed to relieve the issues that arise from TMJ pain and can also effectively reduce headaches, migraines, as well as jaw and ear pain.
Comfort Sleep Solutions offers information regarding many treatment options. Some TMJ treatment plans include stress reduction, at home exercises, medications, therapy, and in more severe cases, surgery. While each case is unique, there are some general treatment options that should help to reduce both TMJ pain and Migraines. These include:
Contact us today if you or a loved one is suffering from headaches and migraines and haven’t gotten any real answers about the cause of your migraines, yet. TMJ pain may be to blame.