Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction is a common issue I see on a week to week basis with different patients. TMJ dysfunction refers to a group of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint in the jaw. The joint connects your jaw to your skull, so it stands to reason that if you have issues with the joints, muscles, or ligaments that control its movement you may experience problems.
Some of the more common symptoms of TMJ include pain in your jaw, cheek, teeth or front of the ear. For some patients when they chew or yawn, clicking noises in the jaw can be heard, or an inability to open your mouth wide or have your jaw lock when you are able to open it.
The cause of TMJ dysfunction can be rooted down to a variety of sources. TMJ dysfunction can begin with a serious jaw trauma or dislocation, physical or emotional stress, or even sitting in a dentist’s chair for long periods of time with your mouth wide open. I had TMJ dysfunction after being at the dentist for a few hours, mouth wide open, others may be dealing with daily stressors causing them to clench their jaw for long periods and at times they would be doing this at night as well
Chiropractic can help your TMJ dysfunction, when your chiropractor confirms that you do have TMJ, they will provide a care plan based on the specifics of your situation. At my office we would do a thorough nervous system assessment to see what are the causes of this dysfunction and from there we can address the issue.