The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the joints on each side of your face that connect the lower jaw to the rest of the skull. When this joint becomes irritated it can be very painful and cause problems with talking, chewing, or moving of the jaw. Sometimes the joint becomes injured from a single traumatic event such as a car accident or sports injury. Impacts to the front of the jaw, side of the jaw, or the upper neck can all lead to TMJ disorder.
TMJ disorder can also be caused by unnaturally sustained postures with the jaw, such as holding the mouth open for long periods at the dentist’s office while a procedure is performed. Regardless of the exact mechanism of injury, the pain and dysfunction are the same. Left untreated, this condition leads to a build up of scar tissue around the joint, increasing pain and dysfunction, and eventually arthritis of the joint.
CAN YOU HELP ME WITH MY NECK PAIN?
Yes! We can absolutely help with your neck pain! The best treatment for you will depend on the exact source that is causing your neck pain. Our doctors have special training to diagnose and determine treatment for the many causes of neck pain. The first step is to visit with one of our chiropractic healthcare providers, who will determine the best course of care for your individual needs. After an extensive history of your neck or headache pain and a thorough exam, the chiropractic doctor will provide you with a treatment plan specifically designed to get you out of pain and back to living the healthiest life possible. Treatment of neck injuries or headaches is often faster with better results if treatment is not delayed, so please don’t wait to call us to schedule if you are suffering with neck pain or headache.