TMJ
TMJ
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“TMD” (short for Temporomandibular Dysfunction), is a term that is used to describe a very painful condition that is commonly referred to as, “TMJ.” Temporomandibular Joint Disorders affect a large number of people in the United States. This condition is characterized by pain and dysfunction in the jaw and attaching musculature. Patients frequently have pain with chewing and attempting to eat, with varying severities.
What’s interesting about “TMJ” is that researchers have been seeking an answer as to what causes this condition in so many people. Unfortunately, a sole and direct cause has been elusive. Clinically, in the cases that have presented to us in practice, there is generally one or more, of several contributing factors, that present in the patient history and presentation that definitely seem to be reoccurring themes with patients with TMD. These patients may have one or more of the following:
1. A History of Trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident or fall
2. Anterior Head Syndrome and other postural abnormalities
3. Trigger Points with referral to the jaw
4. Emotional/Psychological Stress
Fortunately, we have had the pleasure of working with some very forward-thinking medical professionals, to include medical doctors, dentists and orthodontists; who recognize that conservative treatment makes good sense and is almost always the best first step for these patients, when appropriate. We adore the physicians that we have a relationship with and feel it our honor to point patients in their direction, if they do not have such a doctor as part of their healthcare team.
As chiropractors, which have as our focus, Neuro-Structural Correction, when working with a patient with Temporomandibular Disorders, we first need to identify the mechanical and neurological basis for performing Neuro-Structural Correction. A thorough and detailed evaluation of each patient is performed in order to determine if, conservative treatment, in the way of Neuro-Structural Correction is appropriate.
Once all of this information has been determined, a customized plan of care is designed for the patient. The treatment protocol is designed in such a way to systematically address each facet of, what we see, to be the factors specific each patient, in addition to the restoration of joint kinematics. We have seen wonderful results with our patients with TMD and we find working with these patients to be richly rewarding.
If you or someone that you know is suffering with TMJ, we encourage you to take advantage of our Complimentary Consultation. It is absolutely free of charge and there is never any pressure, sales tactics or commitment. It is solely designed as an informal information gathering session, a conversation, where we learn a little bit about you and you learn a little bit about us. We pride ourselves on being a resource for our community and our business is predicated on trusted relationships.
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