Poway and Rancho Bernardo, CA
Do you suffer from an ailment that leaves your doctors puzzled, unable to provide you with a diagnosis?
Are you tired of spending money on endless tests and remedies that aren’t relieving your pain?
Have you ever been told that your pain is just all in your head?
Well, ironically, the chronic pain you experience could be all in your head, like the pain is actually coming from your jaw joints. A Poway TMJ specialist, Dr. Nicol Cook, wants to share with you how your jaw joints could cause a host of health issues, including chronic pain, and why healthcare professionals often overlook this disorder.
A small joint can cause a big problem
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the small joint connecting your lower jaw to your skull, located close to your ears on each side of your face. Your TMJ is to thank for a wide range of motions that allow you to chew, swallow, and speak as the joint moves the jaw forward, backward, open, and closed. While these joints are quite small, about the size of a marble, you would be surprised to learn how even a slight dysfunction can wreak havoc and cause you seemingly endless pain.
What is TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder is when dysfunction of the jaw joints occur, leading to pain, headaches, and more. Often times, medical doctors misdiagnose the pain as something else, never really getting to the root of the problem.
What causes TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder is thought to be caused by various factors. Broken, missing, or crooked teeth can throw off your bite, causing a strain on the jaw joints. Muscle strain or inflammation, a head or neck injury, or even degenerative conditions, such as arthritis can cause TMJ disorder.
Why is it all in my head?
Running through the TMJ joints is the trigeminal nerve. It is a primary nerve sending sensory output from the brain. And, because the TMJ joints can easily inflame or irritate this nerve, pain can be experienced in the head, neck, and even upper back or into the arms and hands in extreme cases.
If you are one of these extreme cases or even someone that experiences headaches often, your doctor may be left without any answers for you. That’s because, well, the pain really is in your head! By this, we mean that TMJ disorder could be the cause of your chronic pain or frequently occurring headaches. Only a doctor who specializes in dysfunctions of the temporomandibular joint, such as a neuromuscular dentist in Poway, can diagnose and properly treat your condition.
Other problems to look out for
Do you experience ear pain, fullness, or ringing in your ears? Doctors often associate this with ear infections and typically prescribe antibiotics in the effort of treating these symptoms. However, these symptoms also are associated with TMJ disorder. Head, neck, and shoulder pain may send you to the chiropractor for help, or to your doctor for muscle relaxers and pain meds when what you really need is a TMJ evaluation in Poway by Dr. Nicol Cook.
Doctor that treats TMJ disorder in Poway
If you are tired of chronic pain ruling your life, and not getting any answers from your doctor, it is time to get help by calling (858) 673-0141 or contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today. We welcome patients of Poway and Rancho Bernardo, California.