TMJ and Jaw Pain
Living with jaw pain can be an uncomfortable and stressful experience. When you have daily jaw pain, something as simple as enjoying a meal or having a conversation can seem an impossible task. Jaw pain can present itself on one or both sides of your jaw, and can be caused from many things from Malocclusion (misalignment of your jaw) to Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (also known as TMJ.) If you are experiencing jaw pain, the first step in the road to recovery is a visit with Dr. Kelly Cao, who will assess your situation. Dr. Cao can also provide any adjustments necessary to properly realign your jaw and get you well again.
TMJ often surfaces as discomfort in or around the jaw joint. When this type of problem occurs, chewing can become difficult, a clicking noise may be heard when opening and closing the mouth, and overall soreness might reside in the jaw area.
Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (also known as TMJ) often surfaces as discomfort in or around the jaw joint. When this type of problem occurs, chewing can become difficult, a clicking noise may be heard when opening and closing the mouth, and overall soreness might reside in the jaw area. In addition to the more typical signs, TMJ can also result in increased stress levels, headaches, sleeping difficulties, poor eating habits, earaches, lightheadedness, neck pain, eye discomfort, and other unpleasant symptoms. Pain medication may provide temporary relief but does little to address a long-term solution.
Causes of TMJ
It is estimated that in excess of 10 million Americans struggle with some form of TMJ. Reasons for the onset of TMJ include trauma, rigorous chewing, teeth grinding, certain dental procedures (like orthodontics), and jaw, back, and neck misalignment. Regardless of the underlying cause, the consequences of TMJ tend to be the same: pain and distress.
Healing Hands Chiropractic Care naturally addresses Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction.
How do you treat TMJ? Dr. Cao will administer a thorough examination to assess your particular situation. Adjustments in the spine and/or jaw area may be necessary to restore proper alignment. Other treatments like heat therapy, massage, exercise, nighttime appliances, and ice might also be recommended to further support proper positioning. What are the common results of this treatment? Welcome relief from the uncomfortable symptoms!
So, if you suffer from jaw pain or TMJ, call Healing Hands Chiropractic Care today to help get rid of your pain!