What is TMJ Pain?
Unless you have experienced TMJ pain, it’s possible that you have never even heard of it. You may also not think a chiropractor would be managing jaw pain since we typically are known for managing spinal, back, and neck pain or injuries. Structures of the face can also be directly impacted by other areas of the musculoskeletal system.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain is common for many people, and most will consult a dentist thinking it is tooth related. However, studies and people’s testimonials have shown that chiropractic care can be an effective method to relieve TMJ pain.
What is the TMJ?
The TMJ is what connects the skull in front of the ear to the jaw. There are also some muscles that control your chewing that are attached to your lower jaw. This is why some people experience deep inner ear pain followed by an ache in the jaw that can become quite painful.
If you place your fingers in front of the ear and open your mouth, you’ll be able to feel it. TMJ pain is caused by problems that arise in the surrounding structures.
What Can Cause TMJ Problems?
There are a number of things that can cause TMJ pain, the most common being clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth while you sleep. Many people report an increase in TMJ pain when they are feeling unusually stressed.
TMJ can also be caused by:
- Poorly fitted dentures, fillings, or crowns that make your bite uneven
- Mouth trauma or dental surgery
- Disc dislocation
- Rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, or gout
- It could be hereditary or related to a related hereditary ca