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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) affects the jaw where it hinges to the upper part of the skull. People with TMJ often feel pain in their jaw and cheek muscles, have problems opening their mouths, and experience frequent popping of the temporomandibular joint.
Chiropractic care with our chiropractor in Atlanta can help ease the pain and discomfort of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.
TMJ is caused by a wide variety of ailments and injuries, including whiplash, head and neck injuries, teeth grinding, joint dislocation, arthritis and stress (clenching the jaw). Symptoms include pain and swelling along one or both sides of the mouth, problems opening or closing the jaw, a locked jaw, neck and shoulder pain, headaches and popping or grinding sounds in the joint. Chiropractic care for TMJ with our chiropractor in Atlanta can lessen the symptoms and reduce associated pain.
TMJ is treatable with chiropractic care, and that care starts with a thorough diagnosis. Our Atlanta chiropractor will perform a complete physical examination and take your medical history. The examination will include looking for sore spots around the temporomandibular joint, in the cheeks, and near the ears, and range of motion of your jaw will be tested. Our chiropractor will also ask you when the pain started and if anything occurred around the time the pain began.
Once the cause or causes of the TMJ are identified, our chiropractor in Atlanta will recommend a course of treatment that may include heat and ice packs, chiropractic adjustments, muscle stimulation, and therapeutic exercises.
The goal of TMJ chiropractic care treatments is to eliminate pain, improve the range of motion of the jaw, and strengthen the jaw muscles without using invasive procedures such as surgery. In fact, seeking care for your Temporomandibular Joint Disorder with our chiropractor in Atlanta means that you will receive natural and holistic treatment options. Our chiropractor aims to reduce your eliminate your need for medications and seeks to improve patients’ well-being and health without surgery.
Chiropractic adjustments are used to put the jaw back into its proper place. If the neck is suspected to be the cause of TMJ, an adjustment will be performed to realign the neck. Hot and cold therapies are used to reduce pain and swelling so that the area begins to heal. Therapeutic exercises and muscle stimulation may be recommended to strengthen the muscles of the jaw and prevent it from sliding out of socket.
Patients usually experience relief after the first visit. However, multiple visits with our Atlanta chiropractor over the course of months may be needed to fully correct the problem and heal the associated injuries.
If you are suffering from symptoms of TMJ, please call our office at (404) 634-1669 to schedule an initial assessment with our Atlanta chiropractor.