TMJ is a common problem that causes jaw pain, headaches, and problems biting and chewing. If you experience these or other similar issues, don’t wait to seek professional medical help. At Chiropractic Memphis Health & Wellness, with four offices in the Greater Memphis, Tennessee, area, the caring team regularly works with people of all ages to diagnose and treat TMJ. To schedule your appointment, call the office nearest you or book online today.
TMJ refers to a group of ailments that affect your temporomandibular joints, two small hinges that connect your jawbone to your skull, and assist you with speaking, chewing, biting, and yawning.
TMJ affects people of all ages. Sometimes it’s the result of a sports injury or automobile accident, other times it develops due to arthritis or teeth grinding. Most pain caused by TMJ responds to conservative treatments like ice and rest. However, if your pain persists or gets worse, it’s important you make an appointment with Chiropractic Memphis Health & Wellness.
The symptoms of TMJ vary depending on the severity and underlying cause. Common TMJ symptoms include:
As TMJ gets worse, you might also experience a popping or clicking sound whenever you open your mouth to yawn, speak, or chew.
TMJ can strike anytime, but your risk increases if you’re diagnosed with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Other factors that increase the likelihood of TMJ include a history of jaw injuries, long-term jaw clenching, and connective tissue diseases that affect the jaw and mouth.
To diagnose TMJ, your Chiropractic Memphis Health & Wellness provider asks you about your symptoms, reviews your medical history, and physically examines your jaw, head, and neck. During your appointment, your provider also asks you to open and close your mouth and observes the range of motion of your jaw.
If necessary, your provider might also order an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan to get a closer look at the bones, joints, and soft tissues that support your jaw.
Chiropractic Memphis Health & Wellness treats TMJ using holistic, integrative means. If you have mild or moderate symptoms, you might benefit from lifestyle changes like wearing a nightguard to prevent teeth grinding, better managing your stress levels, or participating in physiotherapy.
If your TMJ pain persists or gets worse, your provider might recommend spinal adjustments, dry needling, or massage therapy. They might combine several of these treatments to improve your outcome.
Don’t let jaw pain affect your quality of life. Schedule your TMJ appointment at Chiropractic Memphis Health & Wellness by calling or booking online today.