Why is the TMJ “Jaw Joint” Different Than Other Joints in the Body?
The answer is simple, it is NOT. Yes, the anatomy of the TMJ is unique, but the underlying structures in the joint are similar to the hip, knee, shoulder, and elbow.
As a child, I had chronic ear infections that caused me significant pain. Many of us experienced gnawing earaches when we were kids. Our parents would take us to the doctor, who would give us antibiotics or pain medication. This seemed to be the only way to relieve our pain. Why do I bring this up as a TMJ surgeon?
When it comes to TMJ diagnosis it is important to take a comprehensive approach. As surgeons and specialists, we need to make sure we are fully evaluating our patients before we give them any treatment options.
I want to address the issue around patients that are being treated today for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Most patients today that see the sleep specialists and have been diagnosed with OSA are being treated with a CPAP machine.