Have you ever heard someone saying they have "TMJ problems"? TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the name of the joint between the jaw bone and the skull.
Problems with improper movement, clicking and pain in this joint can arise from a change in the bite patterns or from an imbalance in the muscles around the joint.
If a TMJ disorder arises after dental work or a change in the bite, it is important to consult your dentist or denturist to make the needed adjustments. On some occasions the pain is short-lived because the muscles compensate for the changes, but if the imbalance is not corrected, severe degenerative changes and pain can result after several years.
TMJ problems can arise from trauma to the jaw, or from problems in the joints of the upper neck. They often arise following a whiplash type of injury to the neck.
Muscles from the upper neck and the front of the neck connect with the bones forming the TMJ. Your chiropractor can determine if an imbalance in these muscles is causing the problem and which muscles and joints in the neck are involved. Chiropractic adjustments to the neck and the TMJ itself often result in a complete resolution of TMJ disorders.
If you are having pain, clicking, or restricted movement in the joints of the jaw, consult your family chiropractor to determine the best treatment options.