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Analysis of Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome or TMJ

TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome occurs in the jaw and can be caused by a yawn, dental procedure, or other activity. Many of us will experience TMJ in our lifetime, although women seem to have a higher incidence level than men. If you are experiencing Temporomandibular Joint Syndrom, the chiropractor can deliver an effective method of treatment.

TMJ ( Temporomandibular Joint) syndrome is often described as a pain dysfunction syndrome most often caused by a yawn or prolonged dental procedure which leads to a secondary muscular incoordination.  This establishes a recurrent syndrome of spasm and pain.  Despite the cause of TMJ, the net result is muscular pain.


Although often viewed as the domain of the specialist, many TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorders may be sufficiently screened and managed by the chiropractor.  One study suggests that 85-90% of people will develop some TMJ related symptom in their lifetime.  It appears that women are affected more commonly than men with TMJ syndrome.  Although the TMJ may be the source of local pain, the TMJ has been accused of being a primary referral source for both neck and ear pain.


Your Chiropractor will perform a thorough history and examination to isolate the cause of your TMJ complaint.  When you see the Chiropractor do not forget to mention if you have any clicking/popping, grinding, pain, unable to open jaw fully, or fatigue with chewing. Your Chiropractor will typically ask about any history of direct trauma, episodes of jaw locking, whiplash injuries, past diagnoses of an arthritis or significant dental pathology.  Then you will be given a specific plan of management tailored to your case to address your TMJ complaint.

 

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