A disorder that affects the nerves and jaw muscles, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome is caused when the temporomandibular joint (connected between a person’s skull and jawbone) suffers from injury or inflammation. As such, this can lead to a tremendous amount of pain when it comes to chewing, as well as other symptoms, which the article will cover in a little bit.
Also referred to as temporomandibular joint disorder (TJD), while healthcare professionals don’t exactly understand the underlying cause of TMJ, there are several risk factors that can add to the dysfunction and muscle tightness linked to the condition. While it is unclear as to whether some of the risks are connected directly to TMJ, or if they are a result of the disorder, some causes of the condition include:
Trauma or misalignment to a person’s jaw or teeth
Stress or anxiety
Arthritis, as well as other disorders linked to inflammatory musculoskeletal
Excessive gum chewing
Temporomandibular joints are quite complex, as they include not only muscles and bones in this region, but tendons as well. Therefore, when injury or disorders in this area of the body hit, they affect the jaw and create other medical conditions, too.
Below are 10 common symptoms of TMJ syndrome:
Another common sign of the condition includes blurriness, and macular degeneration patients report this symptom close to the center of vision. The area that is blurred starts smaller and can grow as time progresses, where blank spots can appear within a person’s central vision region.
While the idea of the condition does seem scary, especially as there is no cure for this eye illness, the good news is that there are plenty of treatments available once diagnosed. From working with a vision rehabilitation specialist to medication drops, photodynamic therapy (multiple treatments required), laser therapy, and even surgery, a patient does have options to choose from.