TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. These joints are located on both sides of the face and connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints are important for speaking and other mouth movements. TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder and can occur when ligaments and muscles surrounding your jaw joints become irritated or inflamed. Chiropractic care is beneficial for patients suffering from TMJ. At ANEW Medical and Rehabilitation in Joliet, we have been diagnosing and addressing TMJ disorder for many years.
Causes & Symptoms
TMJ disorder can be the result of an injury to the surrounding tissue of the jaw joints or the jaw joints themselves. Other possible causes of TMJ disorder include:
- Acute trauma
- An improper bite
- Arthritis in the TMJ
- Bruxism or teeth clenching/grinding
- Dislocation of the disc between the socket and ball joint
TMJ disorder is most common in people between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. It is also more common in women than in men. Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ include:
- Jaw pain
- Pain in the shoulders or neck
- Difficulty chewing
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide
- Popping, clicking, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you open or close your mouth
- Ringing in your ears
- Tooth pain
- Swelling on the side of your face
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together
In the majority of cases, TMJ disorder is diagnosed during a dental exam. Your dentist will observe the range of motion when you open and close your mouth and also feel around your jaw joints to determine if you indeed have TMJ disorder. X-rays, CBCT scans, and MRI scans may also be ordered to closely view the jaw joints and determine the extent of the damage.
Chiropractic Care for TMJ Disorder
Chiropractic care for TMJ disorder consists of care to the TMJ itself as well as to the cervical spine. When the TMJ joint becomes displaced, chiropractic adjustments to this joint can help relieve your pain and restore your range of motion.
Our chiropractor may want to adjust the cervical spine since TMJ disorder can lead to headaches and neck pain. Our chiropractor will also check your neck for subluxations. Chiropractic care will not only relieve your TMJ pain and restore mobility in your jaw, but also reduce the likelihood of your pain and immobility returning in the future.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Chiropractor for Jaw Pain Relief in Joliet
Call ANEW Medical and Rehabilitation today at (815) 207-7463 for more information on chiropractic care for TMJ or to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor.