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Spring Finals Bring on TMJ Pain

It’s the end of another semester and finals are just around the corner. Your child has been working hard to do well in school and with finals coming, most of their waking hours are spent studying. Soon there is pain creeping up in their jaw or their temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ). They call you to say “Mom, I have TMJ”. Technically, everyone has TMJ, in fact you have two of them, one on the right and one on the left side. TMJ is a term that describes the joint itself. Now, if there is a disorder in the TMJ, it is then called TMD, which stands for Temporo-mandibular dysfunction. It is not unusual for my office to see young men and women for TMD this time of year. There are many cause

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