TMJ symptoms

What Causes TMJ?

The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) – the joints on either side of your jaw – control your jaw movement. When the joint is operating smoothly, it acts like a sliding hinge that is unnoticeable. However, prominent pain in jaw movement is felt when a TMJ disorder develops.
Some TMJ disorders can be temporary and be relieved with at-home treatments. Other times, the pain is long-term, debilitating, and requires surgery to bring comfort to the patient. There are risk factors that increase the chance of developing the pain of TMJ disorders, even though the root of the problem isn’t always known.

TMJ Treatment Center Yorba Linda, Orange CountyUnderstanding TMJ Disorders

Common symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
  • Pain in one or both jaw joints
  • Tenderness in the jaw
  • Pain surrounding the ear area
  • Pain or difficulty while chewing
  • Difficulty opening and closing mouth
  • Aching facial pain
  • Clicking noises when talking or chewing
  • Grating sensation when moving jaw
There are times when the onset of a TMJ disorder is known, such as a jaw injury, a misaligned joint, or arthritis damage to the cartilage. Both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis can increase the risk of developing a TMJ disorder. Connective tissue diseases and grinding of the teeth (known as bruxism) can be culprits as well. Regardless of how it begins, continuous jaw pain should be taken seriously. Ongoing symptoms like difficulty opening or closing of the mouth or consistent tenderness indicate the need to seek professional care. Without proper treatment, a TMJ disorder can be more difficult to resolve over time.

Treatment for TMJ Disorders

Determining where the joint pain begins is the first step in handling a TMJ issue. It is often recommended to begin with behavior modification when addressing pain from TMJ, as well as prescription medication, physical therapy, and splints designed for the jaw. Some patients are hesitant to rely on medication or invasive surgery to address a TMJ disorder, and chiropractic care is a definite option for long-term joint pain relief.

Though it is typical to associate a visit to the chiropractor with back pain, addressing the proper alignment of the entire body can help resolve a wide arrange of symptoms, including TMJ. When the neck and spine are not correctly aligned, it stresses the body and joints that can restrict movement, and cause pain. Correcting this misalignment can bring pain relief without the need for medication or invasive procedures.

When visiting Divine Spine, home of gentle yet effective chiropractic treatments, we first address your TMJ pain with a thorough exam and x-rays. These first steps are critical to understanding where your body’s misalignments are and how those misalignments can be addressed. Once that is established, our chiropractic team will create an individualized treatment plan to relieve your TMJ pain with precise, gentle adjustments. These adjustments are gentle – no cracking or popping – and will help restore your joints and overall body to health.

You don’t have to live with jaw pain. Address your aches when talking and chewing with a natural solution like chiropractic care. Our team is dedicated to achieving long-term results for you that help you live a pain-free, vibrant life. Our Yorba Linda office is now accepting new patients and we are offering a free initial consultation. Contact us HERE to learn how we can help you with TMJ pain relief.

 

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What Causes TMJ?
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