Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, a condition commonly referred to as TMD, can be incredibly debilitating. Sadly, around 10 million people in the United States experience symptoms of at least one TMJ disorder. If you struggle with TMJ symptoms, you may be happy to know that you can find relief through BOTOX® injections.
What Is TMJ?
TMD is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint. This joint connects the jawbone to the skull. The joint provides flexibility to the jaw, enabling it to move forward and backward, side to side, and up and down. Issues with this joint can make it difficult to perform any of these tasks.
Individuals who suffer from TMD often experience:
- Facial muscle tenderness and pain
- Jaw pain
- Difficulties closing and opening the mouth
- Popping and clicking when moving the jaw
- Severe headaches, earaches, and neck pain
What Is BOTOX?
BOTOX, also known as botulinum neurotoxin, is a type of neurotoxic protein that is produced by Clostridium botulinum, a form of bacterium from the Clostridiaceae family. BOTOX is used to temporarily immobilize specific muscles and is administered to patients through injections made with a very small needle to ensure precision.
How Does BOTOX Help TMJ Symptoms?
BOTOX has the ability to relieve certain TMJ symptoms. These injections effectively relax the muscles in the jaw, which prevents any unconscious movements. As a result, patients may experience relief from headaches and pain in areas like the neck and shoulders. BOTOX has the ability to provide relief for patients for up to three months. Some patients have been shown to experience relief for up to six months after their injections.
BOTOX provides temporary relief from TMJ symptoms. However, patients are often able to have additional injections when needed. If you have TMD or TMJ pain and want to find relief, we encourage you to contact our professionals today.
Get Help for Your TMJ Pain in Worcester & Cape Code, MA
At UMASS Memorial Medical Group, we are committed to helping you feel comfortable and confident with your decision to seek treatment for TMJ symptoms. Our caring staff is here to provide all the information you need about BOTOX injections so you know what to expect throughout the process.
To get started with BOTOX injections for your TMJ symptoms, schedule an appointment with us today by calling (508) 334-5990.