One of the reasons TMJ is so often under-diagnosed in Indianapolis and across the country is that the symptoms of the condition are easy to confuse with other, less severe issues. Most people are inclined to chalk their chronic tension headaches up to stress or environmental issues, for example.
Attributing these symptoms to an issue with the joint that connects your jaw to your skull is not the most intuitive logical leap. That's why it's so important to see an expert to get your symptoms diagnosed as soon as possible.
Dr. John Phelps can closely examine your jaw and bite to determine if what you're experiencing is the result of TMJ. If so, we can then move forward with treatment and pain relief.
If you're a resident of the Indianapolis, Indiana are and you're suffering from chronic tension headaches, TMJ might be the cause. Please call Dr. John Phelps, DDS today at 317-793-6133 for a consultation.
The Effects of TMJ
Obviously, it's important not to overreact to an isolated unpleasant sensation. A bad headache, while very uncomfortable, is not necessarily caused by irritation in the temporomandibular joint, especially if it's an isolated occurrence.
However, if the symptoms below become common, chronic parts of your life, you shouldn't hesitate. You should speak with Dr. Phelps as soon as possible to arrange a diagnosis.
Common symptoms of TMJ include:
Chronic, debilitating tension headaches bordering on migraines
Upper back and shoulder pain
A clicking jaw
A locked, difficult to manuever jaw
Ringing in the ears
Changes to your bite, such as a difficulty chewing
If you find yourself constantly dealing with multiple items off this list, there's a good chance you have TMJ. Diagnosis and treatment are your best options.
The good news is you don't just have to live with these symptoms. Treatment is both possible and available. Dr. Phelps can provide you with tools and treatments that will alleviate your symptoms, address the underlying structural issues and leave you comfortable and pain-free.
If you're an Indianapolis, Indiana-area resident and want to discuss TMJ treatment options at our office, please call Dr. John Phelps, DDS today at 317-793-6133 for a consultation.