TMJ in Wausau

woman with jaw pain

What is TMJ or TMJD?

TMJD is short for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, more commonly referred to as TMJ. Such a joint dysfunction is not the result of one single disease or problem but is a collective term for a broad variety of disorders. Poor posture, teeth grinding, braces, stress, and misalignment of the spine can cause TMJ pain and dysfunction. In most cases, TMJD is diagnosed by a physician who may send a patient to an oromaxillofacial specialist or an ENT to confirm the diagnosis.

What are the symptoms of TMJD?

TMJD is characterized by pain in the face that radiates to the neck or shoulders. However, it may also include limited movement of the jaw, locking of the jaw when the mouth is opened or closed, painful clicking or grinding when opening or closing the mouth, and changes in the way the teeth fit together. In severe cases, symptoms can include ringing or popping in the ears, dizziness and vertigo, headaches, and difficulty swallowing.

Does chiropractic care fix TMJ problems?

When the spine is misaligned, the muscles attached to the spine begin to pull in improper and often uncomfortable ways. This improper movement then causes other joints of the body to move out of position, causing pain in seemingly unrelated areas. Examination of the cervical spine is recommended by the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation in patients who are experiencing TMJ pain, even if they are not experiencing neck pain. TMJ pain is almost always an indication of cervical misalignment that can be corrected through proper, skilled, gentle chiropractic care. Once the cervical spine is in realigned to its proper form and the jaw is repositioned, TMJ pain generally subsides without pharmaceutical intervention. It is then important to address the habits that are causing spinal misalignment. Poor posture must be corrected, therapeutic exercises are used to strengthen the muscles of the body in their proper alignment, and habits that may exacerbate TMJ pain, such as chewing gum or grinding the teeth, must be eliminated. This combination of therapies performed at Spring Into Life Chiropractic can help a patient not only cure their TMJD but prevent it from reoccurring.

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Spring Into Life Chiropractic
903 South 17th Avenue Suite D
Wausau, WI 54401
(715) 845-6800