According to the American Chiropractic Association many signs and symptoms of a TMJ disorder include:
Radiating pain in the face, neck, or shoulders;
Limited movement or locking of the jaw;
Painful clicking or grating when opening or closing the mouth;
A significant change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together;
Headaches, earaches, dizziness, hearing problems and difficulty swallowing.
TMJ disorder can be caused by many things. Often a severe injury is the leading cause. Overuse and stress leading to clenching and grinding of the teeth can also be significant causes of TMJ disorder.
If you think that you have TMJ disorder it is important to visit both your dentist and medical doctor to rule our any significant dental issues or medical issues.
A chiropractor will focus mainly on the alignment and movement of the TMJ. We will first look at the spinal bones in your neck. There we will make sure that all the bones are moving properly and not causing any issues with the nerves that supply your TMJ. From there we will look specifically at the TMJ. With a few simple tests we determine if the TMJ is tracking properly with motion, if its in proper position, and has proper muscle balance on each side of your jaw.
Should we find that the TMJ is not in proper alignment we will use gentle manual or instrument adjustments to help realign the TMJ. Often times a TMJ disorder caused from improper alignment will be relieved. Depending on your condition, we may also recommend additional therapies such as ice to help reduce swelling, exercises to help strengthen the muscles, and massage therapy to help reduce muscle tension.
If you think that a chiropractor could help your TMJ disorder call (606) 549-4811 to schedule your appointment today. Or if you have specific questions about your TMJ feel free to call and speak with one of our doctors.