TMJ Specialist

Bergen Pain & Rehab

Anna Lee, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Temporomandibular joint syndrome, or TMJ, can interfere with normal chewing and speaking function and is also painful. Dr. Anna Lee of Bergen Pain & Rehab in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, offers automated intramuscular stimulation to treat TMJ and has helped many men and women move beyond this painful condition. Schedule your appointment today by calling the office or using the simple online scheduling option.

TMJ

What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint syndrome, or TMJ, is a localized pain in the joint connecting your jawbone to your skull. You have two temporomandibular joints, which enable chewing, yawning, and speaking. When one or both of these joints are subject to injury or a disorder, the pain can be difficult to bear.

 

What are some symptoms of TMJ?

Jaw pain is the most common symptom of TMJ. Your pain might be steady, or could come and go depending on how you’re using your temporomandibular joint.

Additional symptoms include:

  • Clicking or popping sounds
  • Pain while chewing
  • Facial swelling
  • A toothache
  • Blurred vision
  • A headache

TMJ will sometimes clear up with a few days of rest and self-care. If your symptoms don’t improve, however, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee for a thorough diagnostic exam.

 

What are the causes of TMJ?

Several things can increase your risk of developing TMJ. Understanding your risk level makes it easier to recognize the symptoms if and when they occur.

Some of the causes of TMJ include:

  • Poor posture
  • Excessive stress levels
  • Chronic inflammatory arthritis
  • Jaw trauma
  • Teeth grinding
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Genetic predisposition to low pain tolerance

In addition, women between the ages of 18-44 have elevated risk levels for TMJ.

 

How can I care for TMJ at home?

Temporomandibular joint syndrome can sometimes be eased through self-care. The following tips and techniques may lessen your symptoms:

  • Massaging your jaw and neck muscles
  • Practicing relaxation and stress management techniques
  • Utilizing cold compresses on your jaw and neck
  • Choosing softer foods
  • Avoiding chewing gum
  • Using certain essential oils to relief stress

If these efforts don’t yield the desired results, book an appointment with Dr. Lee to discuss more advanced treatment options.

 

How can A-IMS® help treat TMJ?

Automated intramuscular stimulation works by manually relaxing knots or bands of tight muscle tissue. When those tight or shortened spans of muscle impact your jaw function, A-IMS can offer immediate and lasting relief.

The best way to treat muscle knots is by creating a local twitch response, or LTR. That acts to create a sudden muscle contraction, followed by an immediate release. As your muscles relax into a normal configuration, your jaw pain is eliminated and proper speaking and chewing function is restored.

To explore how A-IMS can help treat temporomandibular joint disorder, contact Dr. Lee as soon as possible to book an appointment.  

 

TMJ Testimonials

Jo Ellen Campobasso

"I have been seeing Dr. Lee and staff for a little over a year now. The best way that I can chart my progress is this: When I went on vacation in the year 2002, I lived on pain medication - 3 per day easily. When I went on vacation in 2003, I had to take 3 pain pills the entire trip."  "I had a car accident in 1999 leaving me with bulging and herniated discs in my lower back."  "I also have fibromyalgia. TMJ, carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel in my elbows.  I had my first [A-IMS] treatment for TMJ last week and although I am bruised, I can open the right side of my mouth without pain for the first time in a long time."  "I would recommend [A-IMS] treatments for chronic pain to anyone who is serious about getting their pain under control."