Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and Chiropractic Care

November 7, 2014

Do you suffer from jaw pain, pain near your ears or in your cheeks or temples? Does your jaw lock or make strange noises loud enough for others to hear? Although there might be other reasons for such discomfort, these are just a couple signs you might be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).

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Symptoms of TMD can range from mild to severe and develop into chronic disorders. It’s believed that TMD is caused by issues in the jaw joint or the muscles that connect and surround the jaw. Some maladies of this disorder may include injury, teeth grinding or clenching, dislocation or misalignment of the jaw, as well as degenerative joint diseases, such as osteoarthritis.

An analysis by your doctor of chiropractic can determine if your problem is caused by TMD. They may ask you to bite down, chew or open and close your jaw repeatedly while watching and feeling how your jaw operates to determine if your issue is indeed caused by the joint. In some cases, X-rays or even an MRI may be recommended.

The good news is that even though TMD can be a painful and problematic issue, your doctor of chiropractic can help relieve symptoms in a non-invasive and drug-free manner. Your care plan will likely include targeted chiropractic adjustments, as well as exercises specific to TMD, massage, the proper use of ice and heat to relieve pain and counseling on movements to avoid. In some severe cases, your chiropractor may co-manage your condition with your dentist.

Although not all cases of TMD can be resolved with chiropractic care, it’s highly recommended that you try this conservative method before seeking surgical help. The bottom line in chiropractic is this — if you’re suffering from an infliction in your joints, you’re better off seeking the non-invasive care of a chiropractor.

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