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Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome


Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome refers to an acute or chronic inflammation and disorder of the temporomandibular joint (jaw joint). The jaw joint connects the mandible to the skull and the muscles that control chewing. If you place your fingers just below your temples and open your mouth, you will be able to feel the jaw joint on each side of your head. Pain in the jaw can be due to trauma, repetitive unconscious jaw movement such as grinding or clenching of the teeth, misalignment of occulusal surfaces of the teeth, excessive gum chewing, nail biting, lip biting when one is stressed, the size of food eaten and degeneration of joint cartilages. Signs and symptoms include headaches, toothaches, ear pain, ringing in the ears, neck, shoulder and back pain, pain behind the eyes, swelling and limitations when opening your mouth.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis


Different from Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the joints and sometimes other parts of the body, causing inflammation in the body that results in joint pain, swelling, stiffness and possibly other organ damage. In serious cases, it can cause joint deformity, discoloration of the skin and gradual loss of motion.



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Osteoarthritis (OA) describes a condition which the joints are inflamed due to the wearing out of cartilages in the joints that cushions the bones. It is the most common form of arthritis (ageing joint disease) which can lead to swelling of the joints, stiffness and serious pain. It also affects women more than men especially after menopause.

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Osteoporosis also known as “brittle bone disease” is a condition when the bone rapidly loses its density. The bones become very brittle and subject to fracture easily as it becomes less dense at the core. Symptoms of osteoporosis can manifest as lower back pain, loss of height and in most drastic cases, developing humpbacks. The hip bone is the part of the body that is usually affected in the case of osteoporosis. Weakening of the bone especially affects women at their menopausal stage which leads to decreased production of estrogen, a female hormone that keep the bones strong.

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