Temporomandibular joint disorder
or TMJD is one of the most common facial syndromes and affects millions of
people. This is called Temporomandibular or TMJ joint syndrome by others. TMJ
syndrome is a collection of acute and chronic signs and symptoms related to the
structure and function of the joint that connects the lower jaw to the entire
Many people say TMJ is related to
discomfort in the area but technically, TMJ itself, or the Temporomandibular
joint are two joints on the opposite side of your face right in front of the
ear. Our TMJ helps us open, close and move our mouths and that is where our
jaws attach to our skulls.
Signs and symptoms of TMJ
disorders depend on what causes these signs and symptoms to occur but the most
common of them is pain. The pain can be short term or it can be long term
depending on the reason why there is pain. Activities where a person moves the
muscles and bones in the joints can also produce popping or grinding noises. In
some cases there may even be pain in other areas of the head such as migraines,
headaches and earaches especially in the morning.
Many health conditions can damage
the structure of the TMJ and can cause it to fail to function. TMJ syndrome can
be caused by something as simple as a sports injury or by something serious
like depression. Because Temporomandibular joint syndrome can be caused by a
variety of health conditions, treatment can also be approached in various ways.
In other words, TMJ treatment
depends on your doctor’s diagnosis of all the signs and symptoms that you
experience. In cases when you don’t have access to a doctor, you can
temporarily overcome the pain with these simple tips.
Keep your jaw
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Autism spectrum is difficult and heart breaking for parents. There are so many
unknowns with which to contend. How functional will the child be as an adult?
How severe is their specific diagnosis? As a spectrum of developmental
disorders, diagnoses can range from classic autism to high functioning autism,
from Asperger’s syndrome to Pervasive Developmental Delay. Each has different challenges
and potential outcomes in terms of a child’s development and later
independence. Once the initial shock of the diagnosis wears off, however, there
are additional challenges in terms of paying for treatments and therapies.
For a young family without
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Treatment for autism includes occupational therapy, play/socialization therapy,
behavior modification therapies, visits to developmental pediatricians,
neurologists, psychologists, and even psychiatrists when needed. Children on
the spectrum may need a variety of medications at different times in their
development to help with things such as anxiety, impulse control, and other
challenges. It often takes a team of medical and developmental professionals
for a child on the spectrum to reach their full potential and learn to overcome
some of their challenges. These multidisciplinary teams and their suggested
treatment options are expensive for someone without insurance.
Even those families who have
health insurance often struggle with overwhelming costs not covered by medical
insurance. Adaptive toys, therapeutic equipment, and home safety devices are
often not covered. Children with autism are characteristically wanderers, requiring
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looking. These systems can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. Likewise,
therapeutic tools such as weighted clothing and sun lamps for sensory issues
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