275 Madison E 40th St.

Contact: 212-986-3888

275 Madison E 40th St.

Contact: 212-986-3888

Are you a pencil chewer, a jaw clencher? Have pain or tenderness in the jaw, aching pain in and around your ear? “You may want to give us a call,” says Spine and Sports Medicine Medical Director Brian Kessler , M.D. “Jaw pain may be an indicator of temporomandibular joint disorder, known as TMJ — an acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, which connects the lower jaw to the skull.” TMJ disorders cause tenderness and pain in the temporomandibular joint — the joint on each side of your head in front of your ears, where your lower jawbone meets your skull . This joint allows you to talk, chew and yawn, and because it combines a hinge action with sliding motions, is one of the most complex joints in your body. Between 5 and 15 percent of people in the United States experience pain associated with TMJ disorders, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research , with women between the ages of 30 and 50 most likely to develop TMJ disorders.

“Determining the cause of a TMJ problem is important,” says Dr. Kessler, “because it is the cause that guides the treatment. TMJ problems do not fall clearly into one medical area, so we use a multidisciplinary approach to find the best treatment possible for every patient, often working with specialists from pain management, neurology and physical medicine right in our offices in Manhattan.”

Labels: emporomandibular joint disorder , NYC , spine and sports medicine , TMJ disorders

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