TMJ disorder, also know as temporo-mandibular joint disorder, is broadly defined as jaw pain with improper jaw tracking that may exhibit a clicking or locking of the jaw when trying to eat or open the mouth. The exact cause of a person's TMJ disorder can be difficult to determine and is best diagnosed by a doctor of chiropractic. Your pain may be due to a combination of factors, such as genetics, arthritis or jaw injury. Some people who have jaw pain also tend to clench or grind their teeth, although many people habitually clench or grind their teeth and never develop TMJ disorders. In most cases, the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders is temporary and can be relieved with nonsurgical treatments, such as specialized chiropractic care and rehabilitative exercises.
Although chiropractic treatment for TMJ may not be your first instinct when considering options, Vidan Family Chiropractic can help you find the cause of your symptoms and alleviate your pain. Contact us to learn more about TMJ treatment and pain relief in St. Louis by calling our office at (314) 678-9355.
Pain or tenderness in the jaw in one or both of the temporomandibular joints.
A clicking or locking sensation in the jaw when opening the mouth.
Pulsating jaw pain from clenching or grinding teeth.
Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth.
Because the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) controls so many bodily functions and sensations, tmj can be caused by a wide variety of issues.
The TMJ disk erodes or moves out of its proper alignment.
The joint's cartilage is damaged by arthritis.
The joint is damaged by a blow or other impact.
In many cases, however, the cause of TMJ disorders isn't clear.
Adjustments and postural changes reduce pain and decrease the severity of tmj pain.
Restore function, ability, and quality of life with adjustments that create alignment throughout the body.
Reduce the frequency of tmj pain with changes that address stress and tension.