I’ve been ill for almost two weeks, and my balance has been off. Four days ago, I fell in my bedroom and hurt my face and knee. The impact was not severe, but I have bruises on my left brow, cheek, and knee. Since I fell, I noticed some jaw pain that I hadn’t felt for five years. I previously had TMJ issues, but could a fall cause a flare-up? Khloe
We are sorry to hear about your fall! Although Dr. Delaune would need to examine your jaw for an accurate diagnosis, we can provide some insight.
Can a Fall Cause a TMJ Flare-up?
A fall or any impact on your face or jaw can cause a TMJ flare-up. The facial implications can result in these jaw injuries:
- Sprained muscles
Any injuries can affect the jaw joint, muscles, or bone.
What Can You Do to Sooth a TMJ Flare-up?
If you are experiencing a TMJ flare-up, you can try at-home remedies. See your dentist or doctor immediately if your symptoms are severe or worsen.
TMJ home remedies may include:
- Apply a cold pack or moist heat to the side of your face
- Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or a muscle relaxer
- Temporarily change your diet and eat foods that require minimal chewing
- Wear a custom night guard
- Perform TMJ exercises
Schedule an Appointment for an Exam
If your discomfort persists, your doctor may decide to take x-rays to determine whether you fractured any bones when you fell or if your teeth alignment is causing your symptoms. If your jawbone is intact, your doctor may recommend therapy, trigger-point injections, or other treatment to soothe the TMJ flare-up.
If your dentist still needs advanced TMJ training, schedule an exam with an experienced dentist.
Metairie, Louisiana, dentist Dr. Duane Delaune sponsors this post. Dr. Delaune attended The Dawson Academy for TMJ training.