Injuries and Accidents - (TMJ) Temporomandibular
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TM Syndrome)
Among the most common causes of TMJ Syndrome are vertebral subluxations in the neck or cervical spine, poorly fitting braces, poor dental work and trauma. A 1987 study reported that "[a] child may fall on its sacram (tailbone) and in time, through the adaptive body mechanisms, the pelvic imbalance will affect the mandible, head and neck."**
* Carpal tunnel syndrome: Getting a handle on hand trauma. Occupational Hazards, 1987, pp. 42-45.
Many Dentists co-ordinates Chiropractic care with Dental care.
If your problem turns out to have a dental component, we'd recommend having an examination done by a dentist who deals with TMJ dysfunction. We know Dentists in the area with extensive backgrounds in the field of co-operating Chiropractic care with dental care for maximum results. Almost all dental TMJ problems can be solved without surgery, according to several dentists I've worked with over the last 28 years! The use of a splint is often the preferred treatment. While one can wear a splint on and off for the rest of one's life, some dentists incorporate a phase of corrective care in the treatment plan that will eliminate the need for any further splint (or nightguard) therapy.
Frequently, cervical involvement is present along with TMJ dysfunction. In these cases it is of utmost importance to coordinate treatment between the chiropractor and the dentist. Optimal stabilization of the TMJ will be achieved when this dual method of treatment is utilized. In fact, in some cases it is impossible to have successful results without having both treatments involved. X-ray evaluation of the structural and functional relationship between the cervical spine vertebrae is vital to properly diagnosing IF your neck is part of the TM disorder and symptoms.
Feel free to call our office where a consultation will include his methods as well as all other treatments for TMJ dysfunction, leaving the patient with the knowledge he or she will need to make an intelligent decision as to how to proceed with treatment.