Edmond Chiropractor: Correcting Misalignments In The Jaw And Neck
The temporomandibular joint, also known simply as TMJ, connects your jawbone to your skull like a sliding hinge. There is one joint on each side of your jaw. Sometimes, the TMJ can become misaligned on one side which refers to a TMJ disorder. This type of disorder tends to cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control your jaw movement. It’s common for people who experience TMJ disorders to think they need assistance from a surgeon, an oral surgeon, or a dentist, but truthfully our Edmond chiropractor can often help with this problem!
Sometimes, it can be difficult for patients of our Edmond chiropractor to determine if the pain they’re feeling truly is a problem with TMJ before they decide to come visit us. To help you decide if you might be experiencing some symptoms of TMJ, here’s a few questions to ask yourself:
- Do you feel facial pain when opening your mouth?
- Does your jaw make a popping noise when your mouth is stretched open (like when you yawn)?
- Do you feel pain while chewing food?
- Does your joint lock, making it difficult to open or close your mouth?
- Do you feel an aching pain in or around your ear?
- Do you feel as though your jaw hinges incorrectly at times?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions then there is a chance you have a TMJ disorder. The pain caused by TMJ disorders often corresponds with the upper neck and jaw being in misalignment, but that is generally a very easy fix for our Edmond chiropractor without the use of drugs or surgery of any kind. With adjustments to correct the alignment, the pressure is relieved from the nerve and jaw pain ceases.
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