Chiropractor for TMJ Pain Treatment
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is not generally thought of by the public as one of the most important joints of the body, but those who suffer from TMJ dysfunction realize how critical it is to everyday body function. The temporomandibular joint is formed by the temporal (skull bone) and the mandible (jaw bone). When you open and close your mouth, you can feel the TMJ in front of your ear lobe. Obviously TMJ dysfunction causes problems with talking and chewing, and pain and discomfort in the jaw area; however, it is also a source of a great many other problems, such as headache pain, neck pain, and back pain. In some instances, it can cause difficulties remote from the jaw joint, for example, nervousness, emotional problems, even shoulder pain, dizziness, loss of balance, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, nausea, visual disturbances, hearing loss, or a partial lisp.
Dentists and Chiropractors have known for years the number of problems that can emanate from TMJ. Often dentists and Chiropractors work together to solve these problems. Maloclusion of the teeth, injuries, auto accidents and muscle imbalance are the major reasons for problems in the TMJ.
TMJ Pain Treatment in Rock Hill
Often, these conditions are correctable through Chiropractic procedures alone. However, there are times when it is necessary for both the dentist and your Chiropractor to work with TMJ. Any blow to the chin can seriously displace the joint. It may be weeks or even months before serious symptoms arise to cause the patient to seek professional help. This condition can start early, such as a child lying on the floor studying or watching television with his chin propped in his hand. Pressures of this type can subluxate and displace the TMJ to the point where it can cause symptoms. Even minor displacements can cause much discomfort.
Many times there are warning signals that should be recognized. If there is a clicking or popping of the jaw, it means a problem exists. Soreness of this joint while chewing can be another warning sign that there is either displacement of the joint, degenerative change, or muscle imbalance. A rule of thumb is that you should be able to eat a meal without any undue tiredness in the joint, or any clicking or popping. Also, you should be able to open your mouth wide enough to place three fingers, at the knuckles with one on top of the other, in the mouth at one time.
The many problems that can originate from this joint cannot be overemphasized, especially since there is a close connection with the nerve communication from the brain. This can affect many other bodily parts and functions. It has only been in the past few decades that Chiropractors and dentists have been fully aware of the far-reaching effects of this joint. Many times these symptoms are relieved simply by Chiropractic manipulations; however, it is good to explore the whole spectrum of the joint if there has been any problem in that area.
Any time that the jaw is injured, tired, painful or “clicks,” an examination of both the neck and the jaw joint should be conducted by a quality chiropractor for TMJ issues.
Fifty million people suffer with TMJ disorder, experiencing discomfort and pain of the head, ear, neck and jaws. The disorder can be difficult to diagnose because of the number of variable symptoms. We have a very effective and unique procedure to diagnose and treat the TMJ pain. It’s unique procedure and design features combined with a lower cost makes TMJ treatment much more affordable. It’s designed specifically for immediate and effective treatment.
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Do you need to see a chiropractor for TMJ pain? Contact Dr. Kimble online or call today at 803-327-6155 for a consultation at no charge to see if we can help you.