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Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or simply TMJ, is a tightening, popping, or clicking of the jaw that is commonly associated with chewing or stress. TMJ can occur at any time, and in some cases, it can seem as if there is no plausible reason for the temporary tightening of the jaw muscles. 

Causes

In addition to the clicking, popping, and tightness of the jaw that can occur during an episode of TMJ, other symptoms can include:

  • Dizziness
  • Neck stiffness or pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Earaches

For most people, TMJ is associated with complications arising from a weakness or abnormality of the ligaments of the jaw. The body tends to place calcium around the bones surrounding those ligaments in order to strengthen the weakness.This extra calcification will often lead to further problems, such as arthritis, stiffness, and degeneration of the tissues of the neck and jaw.

Treatment

We provide a variety of different treatments to our patients that have been shown to effectively treat the symptoms of TMJ including:

  • a comprehensive plan to eliminate pain
  • biotherapeutic injections into the damaged area to help strengthen the spine and jaw
  • chiropractic care that can help realign the spine and prevent further stress on the muscles and ligaments that attach to the jaw
Healing without surgery

Persistent pain or tenderness in your jaw, or the inability to open or close your jaw completely, can greatly affect your life. Being treated as soon as you feel this type of pain can help prevent further damage to your jaw and promote healing without the need for surgery.

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