Frequently Asked Questions About TMJ at West Hartford Chiropractic
Chronic jaw pain and stiffness can put some pretty strict limits on your everyday quality of life. If you're suffering from the symptoms of a syndrome called TMJ, you're probably desperate for answers -- and you might be surprised to learn that chiropractic care could help. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about TMJ here at West Hartford Chiropractic in West Hartford CT.
What Is TMJ?
Technically, TMJ is the abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint. This joint, located at each end of the skull, connects the jaw to the skull while also permitting an extraordinarily large number of motions. But TMJ can also be used to describe painful collection symptoms associated with chronic strain on this joint. You may also hear the problem described as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder).
That Are the Symptoms of TMJ?
TMJ symptoms include pain and stiffness in the jaw that may make it impossible for you to open your, outh very wide. You may even hear clicking or popping noises with joint movement. Other symptoms include headaches, earaches, and swelling near the ears.
Why Do People Get TMJ?
TMJ may occur for a number of reasons. In some cases, a congenital bite misalignment may place the jaw joints under continual strain. Bruxism (grinding or clenching of teeth) is another common cause. But you can also acquire TMJ from a blow to the jaw or another acute injury to the head. A cervical misalignment can greatly aggravate your pain by adding strain to the neck, face, and jaw muscles.
Can a Dentist Resolve My TMJ Pain?
Dentists can help resolve some of the causes of TMJ by altering a patient's bite or prescribing a night guard to address bruxism. But if your TMJ is related to a jaw joint misalignment or cervical spinal problem, you may need the services of our West Hartford chiropractor to correct those underlying causes.
What Are My Chiropractic TMJ Treatment Options?
Once your chiropractor has identified any musculoskeletal abnormalities that are causing or worsening your TMJ, we can prescribe a treatment program to help you get the problem under control. you may need chiropractic adjustments to the jaw joints themselves, or you may benefit from cervical spinal adjustments that balance the stresses on your head and neck. Cold laser therapy can also help by reducing pain and inflammation in tight, strained, or injured tissues.
Looking for the Solutions to Your TMJ Pain in West Hartford?
West Hartford Chiropractic has the solutions to your TMJ pain in West Hartford CT. Call our clinic today at (860) 232-5556!