Pain or stiffness in your jaw, muscle pain in your neck or shoulders, and frequent headaches are common symptoms of a jaw disorder called temporomandibular joint dysfunction, aka TMJ. These jaw pain FAQs from Thrive Wellness Center explain more about TMJ, its causes and symptoms and how our Fayetteville, AR, chiropractor can help with treatment.
What is TMJ?
TMJ is a jaw disorder that can occur when the components of your jaw don’t function as they should. Your jaw is composed of an intricate system of bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage that help it function smoothly. If one or more of these components become damaged, misaligned, or worn, you may experience TMJ symptoms.
What can cause TMJ?
As you age, cartilage in your jaw can erode causing pain and discomfort when you move your jaw. Trauma can cause damage to jaw muscles or bones. If you have a bad habit of grinding your teeth, this can wear down the cartilage in your jaw. If you have arthritis, you may eventually develop TMJ.
What are some symptoms of TMJ?
Soreness in your jaw is one of the main symptoms of TMJ. If you grind your teeth at night, your jaw may feel sore the next day. This soreness may endure all day. Other symptoms include frequent headaches and difficulty moving your jaw. Your jaw may lock temporarily or make popping sounds when you open or close your mouth. You may experience stiffness in your neck, shoulders or back, ringing in your ears, or feel pain around your face or chin.
How do chiropractors treat TMJ?
Our Fayetteville, AR, chiropractor uses non-invasive chiropractic techniques to help alleviate the pain and discomfort of TMJ. If your jaw pain is caused by misaligned bones or muscles that are pressing against nerves extending from your spine, we’ll use spinal manipulation to realign these structures, ease nerve tension and reduce pain. By restoring balance to your system, spinal manipulation can minimize or eliminate many of the other symptoms related to TMJ to include neck and shoulder pain, headaches, and ear problems.
Why should I see a chiropractor near me for TMJ treatment?
Chiropractic care is a safe, effective, and drug-free means of dealing with painful joint and muscle problems like TMJ. Our Fayetteville, AR, chiropractor will coordinate this treatment with your oral care provider to help you find long-term pain relief. We can also recommend rehabilitative jaw exercises that can help expedite your recovery. After a thorough examination of your condition, we’ll be in a better position to outline a treatment plan.
See Our Fayetteville, AR, Chiropractor for TMJ Treatment
To learn more about chiropractic care for TMJ, contact us at Thrive Wellness Center in Fayetteville, AR, by calling 479-439-8121 to talk to your "chiropractor near me."