Many people are told that they must live with jaw pain, headaches, numbness, and facial pain. In fact, there are many treatments that can be done to alleviate this condition.
Dr. Schreiber is the only provider in the Woodbury metro area that conservatively treats TMJ pain. He has spent many hours of continuing education and specializes in the conservative treatment of tempro-mandibular conditions.
There are many causes of TMJ dysfunction. Any problem with the bones, joints, muscles or connective tissues around the joint can cause TMJ. Some of the more common causes include the following:
There are two joints, one on each side of the face, that are connected by one jawbone. If muscles on one side of the face are stronger or tighter than the other, they will pull the jawbone to one side when it is opening and closing. This causes uneven wear and tear on the joints. Any muscle in the body becomes stronger with use and weaker with disuse; the jaw muscles follow this same rule. When one side of the jaw is used more than the other side of the jaw, like chewing on one side consistently (especially with gum chewing), the stronger muscles pull tighter and cause the jaw to move unequally.
The disc within the joint can become locked in one place and stop gliding with the jawbone. If this happens it can block the motion of the TMJ so that the mouth cannot open all the way.
The muscles around the jaw connect to the front and back of the neck. Poor posture, with the shoulders rounded and the head forward, causes stress on all the muscles around the neck, including the jaw muscles. This frequently contributes to TMJ pain.
A TMJ examination includes a thorough examination of the muscles, ligaments, joints, posture, movement patterns and gait, as well as discussing past injuries and lifestyle habits that may be contributing to your condition.
Many TMJ conditions respond well to conservative treatment and do not require surgery. Our chiropractors in Woodbury, MN, use evidence-based treatment, such as manual therapy, mobilization, laser, acupuncture, PEMF and exercises to mitigate TMJ pain at the source.