TMJ Treatment at Capitol Rehab of Crofton
Pain when you open your mouth, strange noises coming from your jaw, and other distressing symptoms may indicate that you're suffering from temporomandibular joint syndrome. This problem, which is commonly referred to as TMJ or TMD, can make talking, eating, or even sleeping a major challenge. Here at Capital Rehab of Crofton, we can provide TMJ treatment that addresses not only your symptoms, but their underlying cause.
TMJ Symptoms and Causes
To understand why your temporomandibular joints are having so much trouble, it's first important to recognize just how amazingly capable these structures are. In addition to attaching your jawbone to your skull, each temporomandibular joint can slide the jaw forward and back, move it up or down, and even shift it from side to side. All this mobility represents a coordinated effort among the muscles, connective tissues, and cartilaginous discs of these complex joints. The downside is that even slight alignment errors or strain injuries can interfere with all of these motions. When this happens, you may find that you can hardly open your mouth without jaw pain. Neck pain, facial pain, toothaches, earaches, and headaches are other common symptoms. Your particular symptoms may be caused by:
- Dental problems that get in the way of normal jaw alignment
- Bruxism (tooth grinding) related to stress
- A misalignment in the temporomandibular joint itself (perhaps from an acute injury)
- A cervical misalignment that refers pain to the jaw, simulating TMJ pain
In some cases, your dentist may be able to help you overcome your TMJ by correcting dental issues or giving you a night guard to minimize bruxism. Unfortunately, not all TMJ symptoms can be alleviated in this manner, but that doesn't mean that you need to resort to surgery. If you need a doctor to treat your TMJ who can provide more than just dental correction, talk to our doctor at Capitol Rehab of Crofton.
Natural Jaw Pain Relief at Our Chiropractic Clinic
Our chiropractic clinic can address the musculoskeletal problems that frequently lead to TMJ symptoms. Our chiropractor, Dr. McClenny, will examine your temporomandibular joints, ask you about your symptoms, discuss possible factors such as physical/emotional stress, and check your cervical spinal alignment. We may then prescribe:
- Chiropractic adjustment of the jaw joints
- Cervical chiropractic adjustments to relieve referred pain and muscle spasms
- Acupuncture or massage for all-natural pain relief
- Lifestyle modifications to help remove stress from your life
Call Our Crofton Office Today
Life is too short to spend your every waking moment tortured by TMJ. Call our Crofton chiropractic office today at (410) 451-3561 to request TMJ treatment!