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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Orlando TMJ Attorneys

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a condition that can cause pain and stiffness in the jaw, ears and neck, or cause the jaw to click or lock. If you are experiencing TMJ syndrome from a traumatic incident, you should find out whether you are eligible to receive compensation for your injury. Located in Orlando, the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. has over 30 years of experience with personal injury litigation.

Stress is a common cause of TMJ as is the teeth grinding, gum chewing, nail biting or other habits that often accompany stress. These are sometimes referred to as micro-traumas as they are small incidents that together can cause TMJ syndrome. It can also be caused by a macro-trauma such as a slip and fall, a punch to the face or car accident that injures the face or neck.

You have a temporomandibular joint on either side of your jaw. It is the place where the upper and lower jaw come together and hinge. It attaches your jaw to your skull and allows you to chew, yawn and talk. It has both hard and soft tissues, muscle, bone and tendons. Temporomandibular joint syndrome occurs when the muscles in the joint spasm and remain tensed, or the disc between the upper and lower jaw slips out of place. This causes pain and stiffness, sometimes to the point that the joint makes a popping or clicking sound and is difficult to open and shut all the way. TMJ syndrome can even cause the jaw to lock so that it will not open fully, which makes eating difficult and yawning impossible.

Treatments for TMJ disorder include resting the joint by avoiding opening wide or chewing things like gum or crunchy foods. A dentist may recommend a guard to prevent grinding. Heat and cold therapies can be effective as can stress management techniques and physical therapy. Occasionally, surgery is required.

When a negligent party causes injury, he or she should be responsible for compensating the victim. Our firm is located in Central Florida and will stand up for you in the face of intimidating insurance companies. Contact us today at 407-425-2000 or toll free 877-FL-INJURY to schedule a case evaluation. During a free consultation, we can discuss your case and determine whether you have a legitimate claim.

Florida Personal Injury Office Locations

Main Office

Orlando Personal Injury Office:
3117 Edgewater Dr.
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: 407-425-2000
Toll Free: 877-FL-INJURY
Fax: 407-843-8274

Seminole County

Lake Mary Office:
1001 Heathrow Park Lane
Suite 4001
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Phone: 407-487-4408

Osceola County

Kissimmee Office:
17 S. Orlando Ave.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: 407-966-4408

Volusia County

Daytona Beach Office:
1301 Beville Rd., Suite 8
Daytona Beach, FL 32119
Phone: 386-243-4994

DeBary Office:
465 Summerhaven Drive, Suite C
DeBary, FL 32713
Phone: 386-320-3911

Deland Office:
Downtown Executive Center
120 South Woodland Blvd.
Deland, FL 32720
Phone: 386-206-1264

Citrus County

Inverness Office:
110 North Apopka Ave.
Inverness, FL 34453
Phone: 352-205-4341

Polk County

Lakeland Office:
1102 S. Florida Ave., Suite 104
Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863-968-7551

Winter Haven Office:
325 Avenue A, N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Phone: 863-968-7173

Hillsborough County

Tampa Office:
100 S. Edison St. Suite D
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-355-9772

Marion-Sumter Counties

The Villages Office:
3420 U.S. Hwy. 27/441
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
Phone: 352-419-0825

Lake County

Mt. Dora Office:
602 East 5th Ave.
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Phone: 352-436-4696

Clermont Office:
900 W. Highway 50
Clermont, FL 34711
Phone: 352-503-4674

Brevard County

Titusville Office:
506 S. Palm Ave.
Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: 321-222-7300

Cocoa Office:
96 Willard Street
Suite 206,
Cocoa, FL 32922
Phone: 321-757-1373