Somewhat. Muscle relaxants, i found in my practice, are not very effective in the long run. The meds may mask the real problem. An exam and evaluation are needed to attempt to find the source of the problem and treat without using meds.
Muscle relaxers. With most muscle relaxers, we are not able to tolerate a high enough dose to actually relax the muscle. The medication usually causes more of an antianxiety effect. These drugs can be helpfull for some people. The bite or dental occlusion has been shown to have little to no effect on the tmjs. It is currently believed that sleep bruxism is one of the major contributors to TMJ pain.
Yes. I have found that physical therapy that teaches you how to relax the muscles of this area work the best of all. Also, some experts believe this will resolve on it's own with time.
My TMJ Pain has been much worse lately. Constant dull/achy pain in right jaw/face. Taking NSAIDS. Any OTC muscle relaxers or other OTC med suggestions?
Bruxism. Rather than trying to manage your TMJ issues with just medication, it would be prudent to have a dentist take a look at your bite and your TMJ issues. For many people, the fabrication of a bruxism guard is all that is needed to resolve your problem. Allowing the problem to progress untreated may cause permanent damage. Make the call. Read more...
TMJ/TMD. The most common musculoskeletal disorder causing orofacial pain is a temporomandibular disorder. Noises from the TMJs are a symptom of dysfunction of these joints. See an orofacial pain practitioner for diagnosis and treatment if needed. Read more...