Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, is notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat. The term itself is less a disease and more an umbrella term used to describe a dysfunction of the joint which allows the muscles to move the jaw side-to-side and backward and forward. For some patients, TMJ can be a minor inconvenience, with bouts of lockjaw and pain while eating. For others, however, symptoms can be wide-ranging and severe. Beyond simple jaw pain, patients can experience frequent headaches, tingling or numbness in their fingers, and even vertigo. That’s because the temporomandibular joint maintains a complex relationship with the skull, and any dysfunction can cause wide-ranging issues throughout the body.
If you’ve been suffering from TMJ for a while, chances are you’ve heard of TENS treatment. Many neuromuscular dentists keep this machine in their repertoire to help treat patients. But what exactly is TENS treatment, and how does it treat TMJ?