TMJ

Do you suffer from temporomandibular joint pain also known as TMJ? Up to 78% of the general public [ over 175 million ] have reported each year of having some form of TMJ disfunction!! What is the history, symptoms and cures for TMJ? United Joint and Spine Center has everything you need to know and what the next steps are to alleviating your pain. At United Joint and Spine Center we perform cutting edge conservative treatment protocols that work.  The TMJ is the most mobile joint in the body and is easily mis aligned.  Dr. DeMaio works with local dentists to help assist patients who are looking for a less invasive approach to relieving symptoms associated with TMJ.  Below are facts and stats that may interest you.  Call our office today and get the results that you are looking for. 

Did You Know

TMJ History

Even though there is not much history on TMJ, we do know that TMJ was identified back in 1934 by an otolaryngologist named J.B. Costen. Sadly, it was not until the 1950’s that TMJ syndromes first received attention from the healthcare community. In the 1980’s, healthcare professional finally developed expertise in diagnosis and treatment of the condition. Before then, unexplained pain in the TMJ area might have been dismissed as psychogenic or a creation of the mind.

Symptoms

When we first think of symptoms that relate to TMJ we think of “Jaw pain”. Although, let us dive further into what patients feel when experiencing a TMJ flare-up. TMJ disfunction is the inability to open and close the mouth without hearing a clicking or popping sound. This is when the joint is misaligned and creating excess pressure to the area which is causing the clicking/popping sound. Think of the sound when you hear others crack their knuckles (which can cause premature arthritis). That popping sound is gas that has settled between the joints and were released. The same thing goes for our jaws. Other symptoms can be experienced if the problem is not taken care of such as:

  • severe headaches         
  • loss of hearing         
  • tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • a sensation of an object in the throat      
  • facial swelling         
  • shoulder pain         
  • cheek pain        
  • neckache       
  • pain in or under the ear or eye      
  • Pain upon swallowing    
  • tooth pain     
  • migraine       
  • nausea     
  • blurred vision or even
  • dizziness

When these symptoms arise, it is particularly important to seek chiropractic care.

In addition to the list of symptoms, when sitting in a dentist chair for long periods of time while your jaw, head, neck and lower spine is in an unnatural or uncomfortable position, this could also cause TMJ. Dr. DeMaio strongly encourages a chiropractic appointment after undergoing any dental care.

Statistics

  1. Kids and adolescent teens that have improperly fitting braces or orthodontia can experience TMJ discomforts. 
  2. TMJ tends to affect more women than men, with high stress “super-woman” being very prone to it. While both men and women may suffer from TMJ, women account for 90 percent of those seeking treatment. This may be a result of the statistic and not so much of the fact that men do not experience TMJ.
  3. Structural deformity: Those that have facial bones of the jaw and lower facial region that are deformed. This is due to the fact on how the jaw works and how the teeth come together can be adversely affected.
  4. Injury: A trauma or injury to the jaw area can transfer to long-term issues. TMJ can possibly develop if an injury causes a dislocation of the jaw joint or movement of the disc. The muscles that oversee opening and closing the jaw are weakened or strained and could result in other complicating jaw conditions.
  5. Stress: A common contributing factor in many health conditions as well as TMJ, is the presence of high levels of stress that tend to be put on individuals. Stress may cause increased muscle tension in the jaw, face and neck, and may also cause a person to grind their teeth or clench the jaw muscles.

The Chiropractic Approach

Dr. DeMaio has multiple techniques that directly treat your TMJ but, in addition to just treating your TMJ directly it could also be linked to an area of your spine.  Did you know that your spinal and TMJ problems are often linked to each other? Dr. DeMaio will be able to determine the best treatment approach for your specific needs and situation.  Chiropractic care at United Joint and Spine Center is here to help relieve pressure on the spine which in return will alleviate pain in the cranial bones that are linked to TMJ pain. Dr. DeMaio has several successful protocols that have helped many of her patients to eliminate their TMJ diagnosis. After your consultation and exam, Dr. DeMaio will provide you the best protocol that she feels best fits your needs. 


United Joint and Spine Center looks forward to getting you on the path to TMJ recovery! Call us today!

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