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TMJ disorders are those affecting the temporomandibular joint, or the large joint located in front of each ear which connects the lower jaw bone to the skull. Individuals suffering from a TMJ disorder may experience a number of symptoms, including pain and stiffness in the jaw muscles, chronic headaches, ear pain, neck and shoulder pain, and a clicking or popping that occurs when opening or closing the mouth. Continue reading to learn how your pain management doctor may diagnose a TMJ disorder.
Patient Medical History Questionnaire
As with any other medical problem, the first step in diagnosing a disorder of the temporomandibular joint is to provide your doctor with in-depth information about your family and personal history. This will typically require you to complete a patient medical questionnaire, including information about your symptoms, family history of disease, previous surgeries, current medications, and lifestyle factors.
After reviewing your symptoms and patient history, your doctor will perform a clinical examination of your head and neck. Even if your doctor suspects that you are suffering from a TMJ disorder based on this information and the findings of your physical examination, they will typically order various imaging tests to obtain a final diagnosis.
There are several imaging methods that your pain management doctor may utilize in order to diagnose a TMJ disorder. This includes bitewing and panoramic dental X-rays, CT scans, and an MRI or magnetic resonance imaging scan. MRIs are typically the most beneficial of these methods.
Whether you are interested in undergoing a diagnostic nerve block, radiological imaging, or treatment for TMJ, the Carolina Back Institute is here to help. Give our pain relief center a call at (919) 781-9950 to set up an appointment, or visit us online for more information about our services. We also offer treatment for back pain, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many other musculoskeletal conditions.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones lose their density, ultimately becoming more fragile and increasing the likelihood of breakage. This video provides an overview of osteoporosis and menopause.
Osteoporosis usually has no symptoms, but you can help identify your risk by undergoing a DEXA scan, or a screening tool used to differentiate the amount of normal bone from deteriorating bone. It is recommended that all women over the age of 65 undergo a DEXA scan—as well as premenopausal women who are at high-risk for osteoporosis, including those who have a low body weight, smoke, drink alcohol in excess, or take steroids. Learn which steps you can take to reduce your chances of osteoporosis by watching this video.
Contact the Carolina Back Institute today at (919) 781-9950 to set up an appointment for a bone density scan. To find out more about our services, visit us on the Web.
Workplace accidents are among some of the leading causes of personal injury in the United States, and can happen to construction workers and office employees alike. On-the-job accidents may lead to a number of injuries and musculoskeletal conditions, such as overuse injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome or degenerative disc disease, as well as traumatic injuries like broken bones and torn ligaments.
If you have suffered an injury or illness due to your work conditions, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. In order to apply for benefits, however, your employer will require medical documentation outlining the extent of your injuries and required treatments. For this reason, it is important to visit with a pain management or pain relief doctor as soon as possible following a workplace injury. Visiting with a doctor will also ensure that you obtain the physical therapy or other pain management treatments you need to get back on your feet.
For more information about recovering after an on-the-job injury, contact the Carolina Back Institute today at (919) 781-9950. You can also contact our pain management doctors by visiting us on the Web.
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