TMJ and its relation to headaches

TMJ and its relation to headaches

Nowadays, stress is one of the most frequent enemies of our lives and one of the biggest responsible for very common symptoms, such as tension headache.

Oftentimes this type of tension or stress headache  are related to disorders of the temporomandibular joint  (TMJ), which is the joint formed by the upper part of the jaw and the temporal bone of the skull that acts as a sliding hinge and which sometimes can present problems due to the complexity of the movements it performs.

Cabeza con articulación temporomandibularTemporary headache may be due to different causes, whether degenerative or tumor-related diseases,  trauma, or due to bad habits, such as bruxism. In any case, a complete clinical and radiological study is necessary to establish a diagnosis and propose the most appropriate intervention.

At the Maxillofacial Institute we offer three types of treatments to correct temporomandibular joint disorders according to their diagnosis:

  • Conservative approach, which consists of therapy with tailored stabilization splints  together with maxillofacial physiotherapy sessions
  • Surgical approach, whether an arthrocentesis (removal of joint fluid), an arthroscopy (visualization of the interior of the joint by means of a mini-camera) or, in more adverse situations, the replacement of the joint by a prosthesis.
  • Maxillofacial physiotherapy, it is the least invasive treatment and focuses on the reeducation of harmful habits that cause and/or favor pain/disorder to the craniomandibular system.

If you feel stressed and suffer from headaches constantly, it is important to assess the causes of these symptoms to find the best solution. Call us at +34 933933185 or write to coordinacion@institutomaxilofacial.com so that our specialists can assess your case.

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