Temporomandibular joint disorders, also known as TMJ disorders, describe a set of symptoms that occur when there is a problem with the jaw joint. TMJ disorders are a type of condition that can have a significant impact on the quality of life of those who have it.
If you’re dealing with TMD, your temporomandibular joint is very likely the source of your pain. Diagnosing conditions like TMD and TMJ typically requires a thorough examination. The symptoms that can help you self-diagnose are:
TMD can cause pain when you chew, speak, and yawn. The pain may be constant or intermittent, and it may get worse when you open and close your mouth.
TMD can cause difficulties while chewing. If you experience difficulty chewing, you should contact our chiropractor as soon as possible.
Chewing is important because it helps break down your food into manageable pieces. It allows your body to absorb the nutrients in your food. If you don’t chew properly, you could experience pain.
Patients often experience pain on the sides of their head, as well as pain in their neck, shoulders, and ears. Often, this pain is severe enough to prevent patients from completing daily tasks. For instance, patients may have difficulty eating, sleeping, or working.
People who suffer from TMD often experience these symptoms for a prolonged period of time, even after their symptoms have subsided.
Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw can be related to a shifting bite or jaw joint (TMJ) disorder. Clicking and grating sounds are usually associated with the opening and closing of the mouth. They may also be associated with chewing and biting.
Limited jaw movement or locking of the jaw could be caused by malocclusion or a misaligned bite. If your TMD is left untreated, it could lead to chronic pain.
Many people who have TMJ disorder also experience earaches or ringing in the ears. This could be related to TMJ disorder or could be a separate issue. Either way, it’s important to have the ear checked out by a medical professional.
Many patients experience chronic headaches as a symptom related to TMD. The headaches can be dull and throbbing or sharp and piercing. They can occur at any time but are most common in the morning or afternoon. They can last anywhere from 30 seconds to several hours.
Discover more about TMD pain management by requesting a consultation with your Palo Alto chiropractor, Dr. Heshmat. Call our office at (650-470-0008) or request an appointment online.