Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
If you place your fingers in front of either ear and wiggle your jaw, you'll feel an opening that changes shape. That is the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) where the temporal bone of the skull attaches to your jaw, or mandible.
Among the symptoms are severe headache, loss of hearing, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), shoulder; cheek; jaw; or tooth pain, and nausea and dizziness. TMJ affects more women than men. According to the American Dental Association, nearly 30% of Americans have TMJ problems.
Among the most common causes of TMJ Syndrome are vertebral subluxations, poorly fitting braces, poor dental work and trauma. A 1987 study reported that " A child may fall on its sacrum and in time, through the adaptive body mechanisms, the pelvic imbalance will affect the mandible, head and neck."
Our Chiropractic Approach To TMJ
Spinal problems and TMJ Syndrome are often related. In fact, chiropractic care at our office may help you avoid TMJ surgery. With the exception of a tumor, fracture or serious joint pathology, surgery should not be done until you have been evaluated by one of our chiropractors and proper dental support has been provided.
In the interest of better patient care, chiropractors and dentists are beginning to work together to ensure jaw/skull/spinal health.
Chiropractic care at our office should be explored by all TMJ sufferers. Call today 770-966-8000