With a disorder of the TMJ San Diego patients may experience one or more symptoms that can be quite varied.
One of main difficulties in treating TMJ syndrome is that many of the symptoms go unnoticed by health care providers. This lack of a proper diagnosis can continue for years.
The are at least a couple of reasons for this. First, TMJ disorders are complex and difficult to understand so many health care providers do not know enough about this condition in order to recognize potential symptoms in a patient. Second, the possible symptoms are varied.
Some symptoms related to a TMJ disorder include different types of pain. This could involve pain in the different areas of the head, face, jaw, eyes, back, neck or other locations.
Other symptoms relate more directly to the jaw with patients possibly having challenges opening or closing the jaw. Strange sounds may come from this area too.
Problems related to the ears may occur. This could mean a patient experiences dizziness or a ringing sound in the ear.
Sleep disorders are also often connected to TMJ syndrome. Snoring at night or having sleep apnea and breathing disorders would be the common symptoms to look for.
Treatment for a TMJ disorder can often clear up one or more of these symptoms. This is especially true if the root cause of the problem is a TMJ disorder.
A problem in the temporomandibular joint can influence soft tissue such as nerves, ligaments and muscles in many areas of the head, face and body because the soft tissue in and around this joint extend out to all of these areas of the head and face.
To get resolution for sleeping disorders, a specific type of treatment for that disorder is mostly required so just having a TMJ treatment may not solve the sleep related disorder.
Contact a local professional for more information about how a disorder of the TMJ can be diagnosed and treated properly.