About Dizziness and TMJ

About Dizziness and TMJ Blog  TMJ

TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint. This joint is situated right under the Eustachian tube and the ear. Since it’s a joint, it has the ability to develop arthritis. Human beings frequently rely on this joint when they engage in daily activities such as speech and consuming food. As a result, arthritis for it isn’t at all unusual. Since this joint is located near the ear, pain that originates in this joint often seems like it’s originating in it.

Many people think that this joint is the culprit for a wide range of conditions in people. A dentist thinks that the joint can lead to problems including back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, migraine headaches, general headaches, problems swallowing food, facial pain, aching of the jaw joint, unusual popping sounds that arise due to motion of the jaw, tinnitus, congestion of the ears, hyperacusis, hearing loss, pain during chewing, lightheadedness, dizziness and pain that’s situated in the back of the eyes.

A handful of these conditions and problems seem somewhat logical, notably pain of the jaw joint. Others, however, don’t seem remotely possible.

A medical professional conducted some research on symptoms that affect the ears in individuals who have temporomandibular dysfunction syndrome. The doctor noted that several symptoms were significantly more prevalent than the ones indicated above. These symptoms are short episodes of dizziness, sensations of fluid or warmth, intolerance of loud sounds, stuffiness, feelings of fullness or pressure, intolerance of wind or cold air, problems hearing well and ringing sounds. A few of these symptoms could be the effect simply of concentrating on the problematic ear. If a person is suffering due to ear discomfort, it could make him focus on things that pertain to the ear more. Examples are pressure, dizziness and ringing. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction could also be the trigger for these signs. TMD probably doesn’t bring on much dizziness in affected persons. It probably doesn’t bring on auditory processing shifts. Any connections of this nature that may seem apparent are likely psychological.

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Many TMJ treatment options exist. Orthodontic care, Botox injections, use of dental appliances, surgery and physical therapy are merely several of them. These procedures typically cost a lot of money. Bite devices that can minimize grinding can often provide relief for people. Physical therapy and orthodontic care are both rather uncertain at this point as far as treatment effectiveness goes. TMJ surgery isn’t at all uncommon anymore and seems often not to work at all. Botox injections may be beneficial for muscle spasm purposes.

It’s essentially vital for people to exercise caution when they make appointments with specialists on TMJ. There is a lot of conflicting information on the topic floating around out there. It’s important for people to seek counsel from multiple medical professionals regarding TMJ.

Researchers in Korea conducted studies that involved TMJ’s potential influence on symptoms such as dizziness and whirling. These symptoms are potentially hazardous to people as they could possibly cause them to develop balance issues and collapse to the ground. The researchers assessed how vestibular nuclei reacted to inflammation of the jaw. They accomplished this by employing animals and simulating TMD in them. The animals they used were rats. After they performed their experiment on the rats, they discovered heightened vestibular nuclei activity particularly in the animals who had jaw inflammation. Some of the rats were given injections of inflammatory agents. Others were given standard saline. All of these injections were in their right temporomandibular joints. All of this seems to give meat to the belief that inflammation caused by TMJ could cause unusual vestibular activity and feelings of dizziness.

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

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Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

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Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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