Understanding TMJ

The temporomandibular joint is a sliding hinge that connects the jawbone to your skull. Temporomandibular disorders, or TMJ disorders, can cause pain in the muscles that control jaw movement as well as the jaw joint itself. It is not always easy to determine the actual cause of a patient’s TMJ disorder, although it can usually be due to jaw injuries, arthritis, or even genetics. Regardless of the cause, our team is here to help with your TMJ pain. Our team at Centennial Chiropractic Clinic in Springfield is here to help patients suffering from TMJ find natural relief


Causes and Symptoms

There are various reasons why a patient is suffering from TMJ. Common causes often include:

  • Arthritis causing damage to the cartilage of the joints
  • A blow or other forceful impact causing damage to the joints
  • Discs moving out of alignment or disc erosion

Symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Tenderness or pain in your jaw
  • Pain on one or both sides of your temporomandibular joints
  • Facial pain that is described as achy
  • Pain that is felt in and around your ear
  • Joint locking and difficulty opening and closing your mouth

This disorder can also cause a grating or clicking sensation when you chew or open your mouth. You may not need any treatment for your TMJ disorder if you do not experience any pain or limited jaw movement.

Diagnosing TMJ

Our chiropractor will provide a thorough examination of your medical history and jaw health to determine if you are suffering from TMJ. We will observe your jaw’s range of motion and identify any pain or discomfort. Sometimes x-rays will be required for further examination of your jaw and teeth.

Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic care is the best long-term solution for natural relief of TMJ. This is because chiropractic care works to solve the root problem rather than just alleviating the symptoms. Adjustments can be performed on the jaw to help with tension relief. TMJ can be corrected by releasing muscle tension around the jaw, allowing for better functionality.  

Contact Our Clinic for TMJ Treatment from Our Doctor in Springfield, OR

Give us a call here at Centennial Chiropractic Clinic today to schedule your appointment. Our chiropractor will perform gentle adjustments to correct any misalignments, reduce tension, and decrease pain associated with your condition. Chiropractic care over several treatment sessions will ensure your symptoms do not return. Not only will you experience much-needed relief from TMJ, you will also experience improvement in your health overall. Learn more about how we can help you live pain-free by calling us at (514) 726-6521 today. 

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