TMJ syndrome

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - Dr. John Clay is helping his patients with TMJ syndrome at Primary Health Group-Hopewell.

TMJ is one of the most common causes of facial pain in young people. It often involves one-sided pain worsened with chewing. It may be mistaken for a headache or earache.

TMJ is often self-limited and alleviated by over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs, jaw exercises, and use of a bite plate at nighttime.

If the pain is unbearable or if it occurs in patients over 50, there is a potential severe vascular problem occurring that must be ruled out.

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