What is temporomandibular joint dysfunction or TMJ?
The disorder is certainly a mouthful, so we’ll call it TMJ for short. But for anyone who suffers from the disorder, TMJ is no joke. It can cause pain and discomfort in the jaw joint and muscles that control the movement of the jaw.
The causes of temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Injuries to the jaw, including disarrangement of the joint or dislocation of the jaw, are causes of TMJ. But the disorder can also be caused by chronic teeth grinding, arthritis, or severe cases of teeth clenching that are heightened by stress or tension in the neck.
Signs you may have temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Facial pain or tenderness near the ears, headaches, or clicking sounds when opening and closing the mouth are all signs of TMJ. Some facial pain can make it difficult for patients to eat, talk, or even laugh.
How Atlas Realignment can help temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Treating temporomandibular joint dysfunction in Stamford, CT, with an Atlas Realignment procedure could be beneficial because the Atlas vertebrae is in close proximity to the temporomandibular joint and any misalignment could cause irritation.