For those suffering from chronic pain associated with TMJ, many of the “solutions” out there just don’t cut it.
To avoid the jaw pain caused by TMJ, sufferers are told to avoid yawning, eat soft foods, and use ice packs.
Many of these short-term solutions to TMJ symptoms are not only an inconvenience, but they also fail to provide lasting relief.
Even more frustrating, there haven’t been any long-term clinical trials to study the safety and effectiveness of surgical treatments for TMJ disorders, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
If you are seeking long-term relief from your TMJ symptoms, here’s how our Conyers Chiropractors can treat TMJ without surgery:
What is TMJ?
Temporomandibular joint disorder is an umbrella term for acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint (the joint that connects your mandible to your skull).
It is often caused by injury to the jaw (including whiplash), along with teeth grinding, tension in the facial muscles, and dislocation of the soft cushion between the ball and socket, to name a few.
The syndrome can cause a variety of symptoms including:
- Clicking or popping when opening/closing the mouth or when chewing (with or without pain)
- Difficulty or discomfort when eating
- Jaw that gets stuck in the open or shut position
- Limited ability to open the mouth
- Pain or tenderness in the jaw joint, this pain can be aggravated when the mouth is open or engaged in speaking or eating.
- Swelling of the face
And with so many causes, the syndrome is more common than you think.
When to Seek Chiropractic Treatment in Conyers
It is possible to manage TMJ on your own. For those who have the condition and without the pain and swelling, this is often the option of choice.
However, some sufferers deal with pain, swelling, and a myriad of other issues on an ongoing basis.
This discomfort often prompts many to visit their doctors for treatment options.
There are a variety of treatment options, from medicated pain management, and in severe cases, there’s surgery.
However, without any long-term clinical trials to study the safety and effectiveness of surgical treatments for TMJ disorders, surgery is not suggested.
Luckily, there are less invasive fixes for TMJ. If you want to relieve the symptoms of TMJ without the surgery or pain medications, chiropractic treatment is an all-natural option you have at your disposal.