TMJ and Jaw Pain

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

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.

TMJ Treatment

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!

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What Patients Are Saying About Healing Hands

  • - Joseph

    "I had bad back pain, and honestly thought I was disabled permanently. A couple of sessions with Kelly really did the trick. Brilliant chiropractor, and the masseuses there are good too."

  • -Scott

    "The day after my son's first visit with Dr. Cao, he was pain free! She asked to see Sean a couple weeks later to be sure his adjustments held and now he is completely fine. Should he, or his brothers, have any falls or injuries involving their backs and/or necks in the future our first stop will be to the chiropractor."

  • -Suzanne

    "Healing Hands is a very warm and inviting environment. I look forward to my visits there, because they are often the most relaxing part of my week. I highly recommend Healing Hands to anyone in need of help with back pain, but especially to pregnant women whose backs go through so much extra stress with the weight of pregnancy, and do not have a lot of other options."

  • -M. Tebo

    "I have been helped immensely by Dr. Kelly Cao. I was in a great deal of pain, never thought I would walk normal again, due to a slip and fall accident on black ice. I had a lot of problems ongoing from this fall. Dr. Cao always helps. No matter the pain, I do not take pain pills, I trust and believe in Dr. Cao's therapy."

  • -Jim

    I would highly recommend Dr. Cao to anyone that has pain. She is a fantastic Doctor. Unlike most doctors that I have seen in the past, she listens and then addresses the issue with a comprehensive approach which combines Chiropractic Adjustment and Medical Massage. The bottom line is.... It Works!

    I can't thank you enough Dr. Cao for relieving me of my pain!"

  • I've been seeing Dr. Cao for myself and thinking chiropractic adjustments would put an end to Sean's pain much quicker than traditional medicine's methods, I asked if she treats children. Thankfully, Dr. Cao does in fact treat children and my insurance covers the visits.

  • -Scott

    "The day after my son's first visit with Dr. Cao, he was pain free! She asked to see Sean a couple weeks later to be sure his adjustments held and now he is completely fine. Should he, or his brothers, have any falls or injuries involving their backs and/or necks in the future our first stop will be to the chiropractor."

  • -John

    "I am extremely grateful to Dr. Cao, I thought I really did it this time. Dr. Cao is a absolute professional, she knows what she's doing and I would without hesitation recommend her to anyone and Wendy will make the insurance end if it a breeze."

  • -Ann

    "After a single visit, my symptoms were substantially improved. I was able to stop decongestants without a recurrence of vertigo. I was delighted to get relief without medications. When my symptoms re-appeared this August, I returned to Dr. Cao with the same results. In addition, Dr. Cao recommended a new stretch to add to my daily routine. I am eager to see if it provides even more relief!"

  • -Jessica 6/10

    "Seeing Dr. Cao was the best thing I did in my recovery and I owe it to her that I am back to my old self again, as Dr's didn't seem to be too optimistic that I would feel 100% again. Boy am I glad they were wrong!"

  • -Jeff

    Since visiting Healing Hands in the past 2 months, I have gotten back my full range of motion, my pain has subsided and I no longer wake up in the morning with stiffness in my back.

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