When an Orthotic Isn’t Enough
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, can cause a wide range of symptoms, including jaw pain, headaches, earaches, and even neck and shoulder discomfort. When these symptoms persist or worsen despite initial treatment efforts, it may be time to explore “Phase II” treatment options.
As you’re probably aware, phase I treatment typically involves conservative treatment methods such as lifestyle modifications, relaxation techniques, and the use of an orthotic to alleviate symptoms. These approaches are highly effective for many patients and provide significant relief. However, in some cases, more extensive measures are necessary to address the underlying causes of TMJ disorders.
So, when is it appropriate to consider moving to “Phase II” TMJ treatment? Here are a few signs that may indicate the need for further intervention: