BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
(718) 338-1166

(718) 338-1166

4010 Avenue J

Brooklyn, NY 11210

Head Conditions

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome Condition

Treatment for Temporomandibular joint syndrome includes osteopathic techniques that relieve tension around the jaw muscles to improve function, restore range of motion, and reduce pain.

Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) Treatment in New York City

Temporomandibular joint syndrome treatment may include massage and other therapies that target tension in the jaw muscles to relieve pain, improve jawbone function, and restore range of motion.

Head Conditions

Head conditions include headaches, migraines, whiplash-related head pain, and other ailments and injuries that cause pain, weakness, nausea, and other potentially debilitating symptoms.

Head Conditions

Head Conditions

Head conditions include headaches, migraines, whiplash-related head pain, and other ailments and injuries that cause pain, weakness, nausea, and other potentially debilitating symptoms.

Head Conditions

Head Conditions

Head conditions include headaches, migraines, whiplash-related head pain, and other ailments and injuries that cause pain, weakness, nausea, and other potentially debilitating symptoms.

What is Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome?

Temporomandibular joint syndrome involves pain in the jaw joint (TMJ) that connects the lower jaw to each side of the skull, directly in front of the ear. The joints are made up of bones, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels, and control hinge movements and rotation in the jawbone. When problems occur in this area of the jaw, patients can experience head pain, neck discomfort, a locked jaw, ear pain, and issues with chewing and biting.

It is often difficult for doctors to determine the exact cause for this disorder, thought injuries and genetics are often factors. Surgery is typically required only in the most extreme cases, however. Fortunately, this syndrome can usually be treated with noninvasive measures, since symptoms are temporary in most instances. In addition, osteopathic care can be a useful option for helping patients to manage and relieve symptoms.

What Causes this Condition?

It is not always clear what causes this disorder. Some jawbone joint conditions occur as a result of a breakdown in the cartilage and disc that help to keep the joint’s movements smooth. The following can also contribute to joint problems:

  • The disc that separates the bones around the joint can erode or fall out of alignment
  • Physical impact can damage the joint
  • Cartilage becomes damaged by other medical conditions, like arthritis
  • Chronic teeth-grinding or clenching
  • Diseases that weaken the connective tissues around the joint
  • Any increased stress that results in tightening of the jaw muscles

What Are the Symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome?

Signs and symptoms can include any of the following:

  • Ear pain and tinnitus
  • Hearing loss
  • Muscle spasms that may make swallowing difficult
  • Pain in the jaw joint or discomfort in the facial muscles
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Clicking or popping sounds when the jawbone joints move
  • Locked joints that inhibit jawbone movement

In some cases, patients may hear audible clicking when their jaw joint moves. In situations where that noise is not accompanied by other symptoms, it is likely that treatment is unnecessary. When pain, dizziness, or any other more serious symptoms are present, however, it is advisable to seek medical attention.

How We Can Help

Jaw and facial muscle pain can be extremely disruptive, affecting speech, eating habits, and other areas of life. Leonid Tafler, D.O. has the expertise and experience it takes to provide the effective osteopathic treatment you need to manage this syndrome and its symptoms. Using a combination of hands-on osteopathic techniques, educational resources, and lifestyle recommendations, he can help you minimize pain and enjoy an improved quality of life.

Request a Consultation

Contact Us Today

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact us today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Tafler. He will provide the examination and diagnosis you need and work with you to create a treatment plan that can help you live a more pain-free life.

Patient's Guide to MUA

Everything You Need To Know About Osteopathic Manipulation Under Anesthesia

Download and subscribe for help and advise on osteopathic care and pain relief options, starting with this guide. Unsubscribe with one click at any time.

Everything you need to know about MUA - Patient guide
This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By using our website you agree to our terms of conditions and privacy policy.

Patient's Guide to MUA

Everything You Need To Know About Osteopathic Manipulation Under Anesthesia

Download and subscribe for help and advise on osteopathic care and pain relief options, starting with this guide. Unsubscribe with one click at any time.

Everything you need to know about MUA - Patient guide