TMJ Disorder

What is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder (TMD) is a group of complex problems of the jaw joint commonly referred to as the TMJ (Temporalmandibular joint). TMD is also sometimes referred to as myofacial pain dysfunction or Costen’s syndrome. Because muscles and joints work together, a problem with either one can lead to stiffness, headaches, ear pain, bite problems (malocclusion), clicking sounds, or locked jaws.

In most cases the disorder involves a subluxation of the TMJ.  A subluxation is a partial misalignment of the joint causing abnormal movement and pain to the joint.  Degeneration of the TMJ will occur with the increased “wear and tear” that occurs with this abnormal movement resulting in a more complex disorder requiring more invasive treatment.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care for TMD Sufferers
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Increased feelings of well-being
  • Results without surgery or prescription drugs
  • Immediate reduction in major symptoms
  • More restful sleep
  • Healthier appetite and higher energy level
  • Improved posture
  • Reduced risk of developing severe TMD problems in later years

If you are suffering from TMD talk to your dentist about receiving chiropractic care with your dental treatment.

Chiropractic treatment for TMD

In conjunction with your dentist, Dr. Lee works with patients with TMJ Disorder (TMD) to reduce discomfort and stress around the jaw area, eliminate headaches and earaches that are commonly associated with TMD, and eliminate the excessive strain and pressure over the muscles around the jaw and neck area.

Following an examination which may or may not include ordering x-rays,  a customized treatment plan to address your condition will be made.

The treatment plan for TMD sufferers will vary depending on the severity of the condition, medical history, and if the patient has had chiropractic treatments before.

Treatment consists of a massage, electrical stimulation (EMS) and / or Laser Therapy; with manipulation of the TMJ and surrounding tissues also provided.

**To enhance your ability to heal, it is essential that you get fitted for a bite splint by your dentist!**