The acronym ‘TMJ’ stands for temporomandibular joint. In common usage, it refers to a dysfunction of this joint caused by inflammation. The proper term ‘TMD’ also refers to these temporomandibular disorders. Whatever it is called, pain in this area calls for TMJ treatment, like that which is available from our chiropractor in Gilbert here at Islands Chiropractic and Massage.
What is TMJ or TMD?
TMD describes a condition that involves inflammation of the temporomandibular joint and has many possible symptoms:
- Neck, jaw, or ear pain, particularly when chewing, speaking, or opening your mouth widely
- Feeling like the jaw is stuck or locked in an open or closed position
- Swelling on the side of the face
- Clicking, popping, or grating noises when chewing or opening the mouth
- Suddenly feeling like your bite no longer aligns
The hallmark of TMD is the inflammation of the temporomandibular joint. Many other conditions can cause these symptoms, though, so the first thing a doctor needs to do is rule out ear infections, tooth problems, and anything else that might be responsible. Once that is done, you may be requested to undergo diagnostic testing such as x-rays or MRIs.
The causes of TMD are numerous and varied. The tension caused by stress, issues with other local joints or muscles that put strain on the jaw, grinding your teeth at night, and more can be responsible. Some treatments depend on knowing what is causing the problem and others do not.
Chiropractic Treatment for TMJ/TMD
For milder cases of TMD, home treatments consisting of rest, ice, and heat may resolve the issue. However, if this doesn’t work, some types of TMD can benefit from TMJ treatment at our chiropractor in Gilbert. A very good example is TMD that is caused by tension in the surrounding muscles. Chiropractic care can help relieve this tension and allow your jaw to heal properly.
Here at Islands Chiropractic and Massage, we believe that we can help you deal with issues like TMD through holistic healthcare that treats the entire body. If you are wondering whether there is a solution to your problem that doesn’t involve drugs and surgery, come see us. We will work with you to create a TMJ treatment plan that reduces pain and allows you to heal. Call us today at (480) 545-4580 to make an appointment.