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chiropractor for TMJ jaw pain in Carrollton, TX.

Learn About Jaw Pain - also known as, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) 

Jaw pain, also known as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain or temporomandibular disorder (TMD), refers to discomfort or pain in the jaw area, specifically around the temporomandibular joints. These joints are located on each side of the face, just in front of the ears, and they connect the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ disorder or TMD) refers to a group of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the muscles surrounding the jaw. The temporomandibular joint is located on each side of the face, connecting the jawbone to the skull. It plays a crucial role in activities such as chewing, speaking, and yawning.

What are some commong causes of TMJ/TMD?

TMJ disorders can result from various factors, and the exact cause may not always be clear. Some common factors associated with TMJ disorders include:

Jaw Injury: Trauma to the jaw or joint, such as a blow or impact, can lead to TMJ disorders.

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism): Habitual grinding or clenching of teeth, especially during sleep, can contribute to TMJ issues.

Arthritis: Various forms of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, can affect the TMJ.

Misalignment of the Jaw or Teeth: An improper bite or misalignment of the jaw and teeth can strain the TMJ and its surrounding muscles.


Stress: Emotional and psychological stress can lead to clenching of the jaw and facial muscles, contributing to TMJ disorders.

What are the symptoms associated with TMJ/TMD?

Jaw Pain: Pain or tenderness in the jaw joint, especially when chewing or speaking.

Facial Pain: Pain may extend to the face, ears, or neck.

Difficulty or Discomfort While Chewing: A clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth.

Limited Jaw Movement: Restricted movement of the jaw, difficulty opening the mouth wide, or the jaw locking in an open or closed position.

Headaches: TMJ disorders can contribute to headaches, particularly in the temporal region.

Ear Pain or Fullness: Some individuals may experience ear pain, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), or a sensation of fullness in the ears.

Jaw Muscle Stiffness: Muscles around the jaw may feel tight or fatigued.

Chiropractic Treatment for TMJ/TMD

Soft tissue work and light manipulation around the temporomandibular joint and neck can reduce symptoms associated with TMJ/TMD.

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