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TMJ/TMD Jaw Pain

Pain and Symptoms of TMJD Pain
 
Do you have pain when eating or talking? Is there an annoying or painful popping, grinding or clicking in your jaw? You may be among the ten million people in the US who have a Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD). Symptoms of TMJD can range from an annoying popping sound, to a completely locked jaw with excruciating pain. In some cases, ear pain or headaches may accompany TMJD. Regardless of severity, TMJD tends to worsen with increasing pain and disability
 

Causes TMJ/TMD Pain
 
As the jaw opens and closes, the TMJ normally dislocates and relocates simultaneously. In cases of TMJD, one side will either dislocate or relocate before the other. This causes muscular imbalances that strain ligaments and tendons around the joints. TMJD originates from two main sources: 1) Injury inside the joint with the associated cartilage and ligaments. 2. Injury outside the joint with the associated muscles and tendons. Injuries inside the joint usually occur from traumatic events or arthritis. Injuries outside the joint usually occur from repetitive movements like strenuous chewing or bite misalignments. Both injury types can over time lead to degenerative changes like arthritis.
 
The Three Phased Approach to Your Care
 
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE: Myofascial Release is a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed instruments to effectively treat chronic inflammation.

LASER THERAPY: Laser therapy is a safe, painless way to accelerate healing and reduce inflammation. The device generates infrared laser that can penetrate deep into the disc allowing the tissue to heal twice as fast.

EXERCISES: Exercises are unique to your specific condition and comfort level. We also prescribe at home exercises as a practical and easy way to improve your condition.
 
Disclaimer: The following general information is provided to assist the reader in developing an awareness of of the many conditions treated by Chiropractors, and of procedures employed in treatment. It is not intended as a substitute for the reader’s consultation with their appropriate primary caregiver, and for an evelauation and recommendation following a comprehensive examination at Lakes Region Chiropractic. ~James Pamplin, DC (Lakes Region Chiropractic)