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Specializes in Family Medicine
401 E. Township Line Road; Suite B
Elkins Park, PA
 

Dr. Hongxie Shen is a family practice physician. In addition to English, Dr. Shen (or staff) speaks Korean and Japanese. These areas are among his clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), migraine, and thyroid problems. Dr. Shen is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. For his professional training, Dr. Shen completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry.

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Dr. Marta Taylor Becker, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1001easton Road; Suite 106
Willow Grove, PA
 

Dr. Marta Becker's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Becker's clinical interests encompass sleep disorders, migraine, and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). She is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Abington Health. Before performing her residency at UNC Hospitals, Dr. Becker attended Harvard Medical School. Dr. Becker is rated highly by her patients. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Becker accepts. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Migraine, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Dr. Donald Mario Sesso, DO
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1001 Easton Road; Suite 106
Willow Grove, PA
 

Dr. Donald Sesso's areas of specialization are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat); he sees patients in Norristown, PA, East Norriton, PA, and Wyndmoor, PA. His areas of expertise consist of sleep disorders and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Abington Health. Dr. Sesso honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sesso's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Dr. Todd Christopher Morehouse, DO
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1001 Easton Road; Suite 106
Willow Grove, PA
 

Dr. Todd Morehouse is an otolaryngologist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Morehouse at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass sleep disorders and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for residency. He is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Abington Health. Dr. Morehouse has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

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What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)?

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, the little round joint that lies in front of your ear between the temporal bone (your cheek bone) and the mandible (your lower jaw.) Often people use the acronym “TMJ” to refer to temporomandibular joint dysfunction or disorder - that is, pain and stiffness in this joint and the muscles around it.

TMJ can cause a wide variety of symptoms related to the movement of the jaw. They can include earaches, headaches, an inability to open the mouth very far, painful clicking or popping noises when chewing or talking, and stiffness or pain in the jaw, face, or neck. Sometimes TMJ symptoms seem to go in cycles, getting better or going away for a while only to come back again. Symptoms can be mild and not very bothersome, or so persistent and painful as to be almost debilitating.

There can be many potential causes of TMJ. An injury or trauma to the jaw, arthritis, or grinding the teeth can all contribute to TMJ. The temporomandibular joint contains a small disc of cartilage that allows it to move smoothly, and this disc can become dislocated or torn. Sometimes the cause is unknown. There are no standard tests for TMJ, and it can be difficult to diagnose and treat.

Mild cases of TMJ may benefit from self-care such as eating soft foods, practicing stress management techniques, and applying ice packs to the jaw. NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen, can be purchased without a prescription and work to reduce pain and inflammation. Some dentists and occupational therapists can suggest stretching techniques for the jaw which may help relieve stiffness. More serious cases may require a form of splinting called a stabilization splint or bite plate, which helps reduce pressure on the joint. Extreme cases may benefit from arthroscopic surgery on the joint.