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A 45-year-old member asked:

what causes young people to get arthritis in tmj?

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Dr. Raj Upadya
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
JRA: Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is one possibility... Not specific to tmj- it can affect any joint, and is an autoimmune disorder of unknown origin. Trauma to the joint from an accident, or even from bite disorders can be contributors to non-arthritic breakdown of the tmjs. Hormone disorders is a disputed possibility of breakdown, and avascular necrosis (avn) can cause severe TMJ changes...
Dr. William Williams
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
TMJ Arthritis: The most common arthritis cause for young people is trauma or rheumatoid type issues. We do not see primary TMJ rheumatoid very often. We do see trauma to the joint, causing disc displacement and resulting arthritis over several years time in teens mostly. This physical injury is cumulative and manifests as flattening of the condylar head, bone to bone contact with beaking and peaking.
Dr. Steven Shear
Dentistry 45 years experience
Bruxism: Chronic grinding of your teeth, bruxism, can contribute to arthritic bone growth can lead to TMJ symptoms. There are several dental appliances and dental surgeries that can help place the lower jae in a more favorable position.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Depends: Th most common form of TMJ arthritis is related to disk problems. But certain arthritides , like rheumatoid arthritis can preferentially affect the TMJ in yound people.

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What is arthritis?

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A 51-year-old female asked:

How is the type of arthritis a person has determined?

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See below: There are many ways to determine. For instance, rheumatoid arthritis often affects many joints on both sides of the body whereas osteoarthritis may only affect single joints. The age also plays a role with osteo more common as we age. Blood tests can also determine if there is ra, lupus, psoriatic arthritis and others. The physical examinations are also different. Xray appearance is also different.
A 40-year-old female asked:

Hello i' have a sliped disk and also arthritis so I been told have a op I heard that there are injections and just wonder if I could try them first?

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Dr. Kenneth Weston
Family Medicine 40 years experience
It depends: A lot depends on exactly what is wrong. Slipped disc can mean different things.A single disc herniation can often be improved by an epidural steroid injection.Remember conservative treatment of many disc herniations will result in resolution of the symptoms and problem but each case needs to be evaluated independently.

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