What Is TMJ?

Temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder affects the joints that connect your jawbone to your skull. They can cause pain in your lower jaw and face and can affect the movement of your jaw. In many cases, the discomfort caused by TMJ can be relieved with non-surgical treatments. Dr. Doug Newcomb and Dr. Brent Newcomb are chiropractors at Newcomb Chiropractic Clinic, in Broken Arrow, OK where they treat TMJ.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Broken Arrow residents with TMJ disorder may experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain in your lower jaw
  • Pain in your temporomandibular joints on one or both sides
  • Tenderness or pain around your ears
  • Pain or tenderness in one or both sides of your face
  • Discomfort, stiffness, or clicking when you open or close your mouth

Causes of TMJ Disorder

Often, the cause of a TMJ disorder is not known, but it may arise when:

  • The shock-absorbing disk that separates the bones in the temporomandibular joint slips out of place.
  • The cartilage protecting the TMJ is damaged due to arthritis.
  • The TMJ is damaged by trauma or injury.

TMJ Disorder Treatment

Sometimes TMJ disorder symptoms will resolve without treatment. However, if symptoms persist, you should consult a doctor, who may recommend one of the following treatment options:

  • Gentle Adjustments
  • Myofascial Release
  • Acupuncture

If you have a tendency to grind your teeth or clench your jaw, wearing a mouthguard can be beneficial, especially while your sleep. Exercises to stretch and strengthen your jaw may help. You may also benefit from using ice or ultrasound treatment. In some cases when these solutions are ineffective, referral to a dentist, primary care physician, or even surgery may be required.

If you live in Broken Arrow, OK and you would like to find out more about treatment options for TMJ, contact Dr. Newcomb at 918-251-4239 to schedule an appointment.

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