TMJ, also known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction, is a condition in which the temporomandibular joint is overworked or injured, and jaw muscle function becomes limited as a result. TMJ can cause pain in the jaw, pain while chewing, trouble talking, headaches, a feeling of fullness in the ears, clicking sounds in the jaw, neck pain, dizziness, etc. TMJ can also lead to tooth damage if a person is clenching their jaw hard enough, or clenching over a long period of time.
TMJ is often caused by clenching the jaw, usually when a person is sleeping. It can also be caused by an injury to the jaw or temporomandibular joint specifically, a birth defect, arthritis, or structural issues.
A variety of therapies are available for treating TMJ. Things like mouth guards and chiropractic care can greatly alleviate symptoms of TMJ.
Chiropractors can help treat TMJ by reducing tension or dysfunction found in the spine. Pressure on spinal nerves can actually be the cause of TMJ. Also, a chiropractor may be able to recommend at-home exercises which may help reduce discomfort, provide laser therapy, or perform soft tissue work on the jaw area during an appointment.
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If you are experiencing pain caused by TMJ, contact Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Injury Centers today. Our team of professionals is here for you, and will do all they can to make sure you get back to feeling healthy, happy, and pain free.