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Posted on 5/25/2019 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
|There are a lot of people who suffer from a temporomandibular joint disorder. One of the symptoms of TMJ is pain. The pain is constant for some and occasional for others. The amount of pain will also vary. The best thing a person can do when they suffer from TMJ is to find ways to manage the pain. There are plenty of things that people can do that will make it easier for them to deal with TMJ.
When people think about the ways to deal with TMJ, they look for things that they can do. They think about pain medications to take or exercises they can do. They look into surgical options. These are all things that can reduce the effect of TMJ or can fix the problems causing TMJ. It is a good idea to look at the ways to treat TMJ, but that is not all a person should do.
Stop These Things
Getting treatment is about what a person can do for TMJ. They also need to think about things they should stop doing if they want to relieve the pain from TMJ. IT is very possible that things a person does can cause more problems with the TMJ than the treatment can help.
Don't overwork your Jaw. TMJ affects the joint and the muscles of the jaw. The more you work these things, the more pain you will feel. Avoid overworking the jaw by avoiding chewing gum and other chewy foods. Some exercise can help with TMJ, but moderation is the key to avoiding pain. Talking will also wear on the muscles and joints. When you feel pain, limit what you do. You also want to avoid the use of straws as this can stress the jaw. The key to reducing pain is to reduce all the stress of the jaw.
The best way to deal with TMJ and the pain that comes with it is not to treat it or stop doing things alone. It is better to combine the types of treatment with avoiding things that make the TMJ worse. It gives a person the most control over the condition.
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