Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is jaw pain with improper jaw tracking that may present with clicking or locking of the jaw when trying to eat or open the mouth. 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. The exact cause of TMJ disorder is best diagnosed by a doctor of chiropractic. 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.
While chiropractic care for TMJ may not be your first instinct, Thrive Wellness Center in Fayetteville can help you find the cause of your problem and alleviate your pain.
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 disorders 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.
TMJ issues will manifest because of dysfunctions in the neck.
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.