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Suffering from TMJ pain?

Did you know that effective chiropractic treatments and adjustments can give you immediate and long-lasting TMJ pain relief?

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a discomfort in the jaw joint that can be propelled by several medical conditions. The TMJ is located in front of the ear and links your lower jaw to the rest of the facial bone (skull). It consists of bones, muscles, blood vessels and nerves that are involved in mastication, talking, yawning, and a variety of head and neck movements. Therefore, issues involving TMJ can result in pain in the head, neck, ear, face as well as a locked jaw that is difficult to open and move.

Causes of TMJ pain syndrome


Trauma is any injury that can distress the TMJ; this can comprise of internal or external injuries. In fact, sometimes even an injury from an auto accident can bring on TMJ pain. Internal injuries include bruxism or grinding the teeth, and jaw clenching. Bruxism is a bad habit mostly activated during sleep that can cause spasms in the TMJ muscles and an inflammatory response and even bring about severe pain.

Repetitive grinding of the teeth causes changes in the stimuli and structure of the teeth and unnecessary distress of chewing muscles which eventually result in temporomandibular joint changes. Jaw Clenching happens when you continually chew or bite on strong things such as gum, nails, or pen cap. A clenched jaw can also be an unconscious response to stressful situations. The constant pounding on the joint causes the pain and realignment of the teeth which could affect the TMJ.

External injuries can be caused by the impact of a strong force on the jaw such as an auto accident or a punch. This impact can fracture the mandible and result in dislocation of the TMJ, or damage to the cartilage disc of the joint. Another source of external injury is dental work which can leave the joint strained for long periods, and result in pain.


Like several joints in the body, the jaw joint is inclined to arthritic changes. These progressions are now and then brought about by degeneration of the joint or the standard wear and tear that comes with age. Degenerative joint conditions cause a gradual loss of cartilage and arrangement of new bone at the surface of the joint. Cartilage degeneration is usually not caused by one single factor or action rather it is the effect of many mechanical and biological elements. Trauma, immunologic conditions, and inflammatory diseases can also contribute to the development of osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid joint inflammation causes irritation in joints and can result in TMJ pain, particularly in kids. As it advances, the condition can bring about the obliteration of ligaments, degenerate bone, and in the long run cause joint deformation.

Other causes of TMJ syndrome include infection of the joint, cancer, and bone deformity that occurs at birth.

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Pain in the facial muscles and jaw joints that may emanate to the neck or shoulders. The pain may happen with talking, biting, or yawning. Pain typically shows up in the joint, before moving to the ear and elsewhere on the face, scalp or jaw, leading to the development of migraines, headaches, and nausea.

TMJ disorder may bring about pain in the ear, tinnitus, and even deafness. Often times, people mix up TMJ torment for an ear issue, for example, an ear contamination, when in reality the ear pains are only a secondary problem. At the point when the joints move, you may hear sounds, for example, clicking, grinding, as well as popping. This implies the plate might be in an anomalous position. The teeth may not fit properly together, and the bite may feel odd. Muscle spasms associated with TMJ syndrome may cause difficulty swallowing.

TMJ can also cause facial swelling on the affected side. The jaw may become dislocated and lock in an open position where you are unable to close your mouth, or on the other hand, you are unable to open your mouth wide. Additionally, after opening, the lower jaw may veer off to the other side. The teeth may not fit appropriately, and chewing may feel odd. Muscle spasms connected with TMJ disorder can lead to pain during swallowing

Chiropractic Care For TMJ pain relief

Seeing a TMJ expert can cost an arm and leg and the process can be tedious. Most medicines for TMJ pain are not covered by insurance so expenses may have to come out of your pocket. This can quickly run into thousands of dollars on surgical treatments in extreme cases. Subsequently, before you spend a huge amount of money on surgery and other extreme treatment options, consult us.

Specializing in neuromusculoskeletal disorders a chiropractor is capable of providing relief for several joint and muscle conditions including; TMJ pain syndromes,Sciatica painLower Back PainScoliosis, and Headaches, Migraine and a host of others. We also have the capacity to develop treatment options based on specific symptoms rather than subject you to general treatment procedures, using painkillers or surgery.

TMJ is usually related to stress in some form.  We’re specialized in creating treatment options that will alleviate stress from muscles, joints and several other strained areas.

At Intero Chiropractic, we treat the root cause of TMJ pain with Non-Surgical Spinal Reconstruction.

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