Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD, TMJ)
TMD is second only to heart disease and the number of people affected.
To evaluate whether you need our advanced, common standardized TMD diagnostics, do you have:
- A sore jaw?
- A dull, aching face?
- Clicking and popping?
- A sore neck?
- Painful chewing or yawning?
- Headaches, earaches?
- Pain in your temples?
- Unexplained teeth pain?
- Difficulty swallowing?
- Over 40 million people suffer from TMD pain.
Of the 30 million who suffer from chronic headaches, 90% stem from a TMD related problem.
TMD can be caused by many different circumstances. The most common cause is auto accidents, whiplash, physical assault, or similar trauma. If you suffer from even one of the above symptoms, you should consider a specialist clinically trained in TMD therapy. This can prevent long-term discomfort and can validate diagnosis. Dr. Hopkins state-of-the-art equipment enables him to correctly diagnose the condition with precision-accurate, standardized testing.
PROVEN, SUCCESSFUL THERAPIES
Dr. Hopkins favors conservative approaches to TMD and myofascial treatment. Some of Dr. Hopkins nonsurgical techniques include:
- Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation Therapy (TENS) and Electrogalvanic Stimulation (EGS) involve ultralow frequency electrical stimulation to “artificially” exercise muscles and restore normal blood flow and state of relaxation.
- Specialized Orthotics. Rather than traditional splint therapy, which merely keeps the jaw muscles in poor alignment, revolutionary orthotics actually reposition the muscles back to normal.
- Anti-inflammatories, relaxants, and ultrasound are a viable combination therapy. The anti-inflammatories and relaxants allow muscles to temporarily rest, while the ultrasound shifts the muscle gradually into place.