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Question:
I was playing in a highschool football game 4 days ago and I got hit hard in the head. My jaw joints on both sides hurt immensely following the hit.

I have had hot pains in my jaw playing football before that would go away within hours, but nothing this bad. Four days later it still hurts and my doctor said I have tmj/tmd disorder.

Should I not play football for awhile? What are the risks if I continue playing? Or is it fine for me to resume full contact play? ...Visitor from FL

Answer:
You need to consult with an oral surgeon who routinely treats tmj disorders or a neuromuscular / tmj / sports dentist to have an evaluation done.

Review the videos we have in the Neuromuscular section of our video library to get an idea of the diagnostic instruments that many of the tmj specialists use for accurately diagnosing the need for treatment.

One important point to remember is that the tissues within tmj joints are not regenerative. Based on your comments, it is likely you have had tmj dysfunction for quite some time.

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