Temporomandibular joint pain occurs where there is a problem with the jaw, the facial muscles surrounding it or, the actual hinge joint which connects the lower mandible to the temporal bone. This impacts the movement of the jaw and limits chewing motion. Although the actual cause of temporomandibular joint pain is not entirely clear, it can certainly impact life on a day to day basis. The exact cause may be unknown but, whiplash injuries or, general injury to the muscles of the head, neck or jaw may be responsible for joint pain. Grinding teeth can put a lot of pressure on the jaw if there is osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the jaw, or the individual is highly stressed, this may cause the tightening of the muscles in the jaw. It is important to also consider whether there is dislocation of the disc between the ball and socket.
Symptoms can be painful. Headaches are likely to be experienced and there will be a pain in the temple area. There may be limited movement around the temporomandibular joint and the ears may pop, develop a ringing sound or dizziness may be experienced. There may also be stiffness in the back, shoulder or neck. Symptoms will be related to the amount of mental and physical stress that occurs on a day to day basis. Stress impacts everyone in life, it’s impossible to avoid it completely so learning how to manage it and to compensate is important. Even those under pressure from stressful situations in the short term need to learn how to manage stress levels. The healing powers of each person will vary too. This is also interconnected to the individual’s adaptability. Constant pain can lower immune function and affect mood, and this is why it is important to seek medical assistance when temporomandibular joint pain occurs. Self-diagnosis is not advisable. Symptoms are likely to continue if treatment does not take place and the condition can even become chronic if left unchecked. Where there is early intervention, there is usually a much quicker relief. The Orthopedic Center Arizona specializes in chiropractic treatment for these types of conditions and the success rate for this type of condition is high. Chiropractic treatment works well generally.
It takes a holistic and whole-body approach to wellness and the chiropractor will need to understand the condition and how it affects the individual so to create an accurate recovery plan. There may be x-rays to assess the body structure and spine. The individual’s medical history will be reviewed, and a physical examination will also occur. Subsequently, some spinal adjustments are likely.
In addition, massage therapy, rehabilitation exercises, electrical nerve stimulation and lifestyle changes are likely. There may be adaptations to posture, nutrition and a discussion about weight-loss. Spinal mobilization and manipulation have been found to be beneficial for those with temporomandibular joint pain offering much relief. Treatment is based on an accurate diagnosis of the cause of pain considering any traumatic or surgical history and typically, it is a treatment that offers much relief for back and neck pain generally. Find out more about how to improve this condition by seeking advice from OSPLarizona