TMJ is a disorder involving the jaws and muscles in your face. The temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to the temporal bones in your skull. This allows you to move your jaw in different directions and is essential for yawning, chewing, and talking. Problems with the temporomandibular joint can lead to many bothersome symptoms, prompting you to seek treatment from a doctor. We offer TMJ treatment here at Dewald Chiropractic in Palmdale CA.
Causes & Symptoms
Unfortunately, dentists and doctors are unsure of what causes TMJ. However, they do believe that the symptoms result from issues with the muscles of your jaw or with the joint itself. If you sustain an injury to the joint, your jaw, or even the muscles of your neck and head, TMJ can develop.
Other causes of TMJ include:
- Arthritis within the joint
- Clenching or grinding your teeth
- Movement of the disc or soft cushion between the ball and socket of the joint
If you are suffering from TMJ dysfunction, you likely experience consistent pain and discomfort. It can affect both sides of your face or just one. Women are more likely to experience TMJ than men, and it is more common in people between 20 and 40.
Symptoms of TMJ include:
- Locked jaw when the mouth is open or closed
- Inability to open your mouth wide
- Tenderness and pain felt in the jaw, shoulders, and neck
- Pain when you speak or chew
- Popping, clicking, or grating noises in the jaw upon opening or closing your mouth
- Difficulty chewing
- Sudden jaw pain
- Swelling on the affected side of the face
Chiropractic TMJ Treatment
Our chiropractor performs perform various adjustments to relieve jaw pain associated with TMJ. We focus on 3 important muscles: the temporalis, the pterygoid, and the masseter. Our chiropractor will perform adjustments to release tension in your soft tissues. We will also instruct you in corrective exercises to enhance the benefits of chiropractic care and minimize the likelihood of the condition returning. When you first visit our clinic, our chiropractor will assess your condition to determine if TMJ is responsible for your pain and immobility before creating a chiropractic care plan tailored to your needs.
Contact Our Doctor for TMJ Treatment in Palmdale, CA
At Dewald Chiropractic, we have been sharing the benefits of chiropractic care with residents of Palmdale, CA for many years. For more information on TMJ treatment or to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor, call us today at (661) 266-3500.