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zygomatic imflammation and cracking sound during facial movement
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zygomatic imflammation and cracking sound during facial movement


I want to discuss following medical issue with you.

i started weight training in gym 1 year back. I used to lift very heavy weights because of this my cheek(zygomatic bone) and jaw bones have expanded . Now i have stopped lifting weights.I can hear bone cracking noise from cheek and jaw bones during facial movements. And now if i lift weights or do exercise, my cheek and jaw bones again further expands instantly and  after 1 week gets back to normal position.

Please let me know if its related to Tmj and what treatment is required
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Since you can hear bone cracking in your jaw during facial movements, that has to do with your TMJ.  I recommend you see either a dentist who specializes in TMJ or an oral and maxillofacial specialist who does.

Typically, conservative home treatments (aside from splint therapy) include:

not eating hard or chewy foods, avoiding gum, not opening your mouth too wide upon yawning (take a finger or two to hold your chin to try to prevent your mouth from going too wide with yawning), not over-excercising your jaw- don't clench or grind your teeth, talk a great deal, sing a lot, or over-excercise your TMJ muscles in any way.  Use moist heat if you feel muscle soreness and try to keep your facial and jaw muscles relaxed as much as possible.  Use ice if you feel swelling in your jaw joints going on or if they feel inflamed.  
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