TMJ

Integrative Spine & Sports

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians & Pain Medicine Physicians located in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a small joint found on either side of your jaw, but don’t let its size fool you — TMJ pain can be all-encompassing, aching day and night. At Integrative Spine & Sports, Jose Juan Diaz, DO, has extensive experience with TMJ disorders, even working with local dentists in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area, to help patients find relief. If you’re suffering from TMJ pain, please call or use the online scheduler to set up an appointment.

TMJ Q & A

What is the TMJ?

On either side of your jaw, you have small joints called the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) that allow you to open and close your mouth as well as move your lower jaw. At the heart of your TMJ is a small ball-and-socket joint that relies on small discs for cushioning and gliding. 

Surrounding each TMJ joint are tendons, ligaments, and muscles, which all work together to ensure the smooth function of your jaw.

What are TMJ disorders?

TMJ disorders affect more than 10 million people in the United States and can develop for any number of reasons, but most often crop up because of:

Arthritis

Your TMJ is a joint like any other joint in your body, which can be afflicted with degenerative arthritis, causing inflammation and pain.

Trauma

If you dislocate your jaw or incur an injury to your jaw, it can lead to ongoing TMJ problems that cause pain.

Myofascial pain

This chronic condition affects the connective tissue that surrounds your muscles. When this tissue becomes inflamed, it causes pain and stiffness in the joint — in this case, your TMJ.

There are other conditions that can lead to TMJ pain, such as bruxism, which is the medical term for teeth clenching.

How are TMJ disorders treated?

At Integrative Spine & Sports, Dr. Diaz is considered an expert in TMJ disorders, with local dentists turning to him for more comprehensive medical treatment. If you’re experiencing TMJ pain, Dr. Diaz first conducts an extensive evaluation of your symptoms and your current and past health. 

This evaluation likely includes advanced imaging so he can take a look at the internal structures of your joints.

Once he diagnoses the underlying cause of your TMJ pain, Dr. Diaz brings Eastern and Western practices together to help you find relief. These therapies include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Prescription medications
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Acupuncture
  • Physical therapy
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Stabilization splints
  • BOTOX® and Dysport®

Dr. Diaz exhausts every treatment avenue to ensure that your TMJ disorder no longer overshadows your life.

To learn more about the treatments for TMJ disorders, call Integrative Spine & Sports or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.