Temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly known as TMJ or more accurately TMD, is a painful condition. TMD sufferers may feel a radiating pain from their jaw down into the neck, and sometimes it may spread to the ears. They are unable to open their mouth widely, limiting their ability to eat, talk, or yawn. Hearing a grinding or clicking noise when they open or close their mouth is also common.
In mild cases, TMD lasts for a few days or weeks and heals on its own. However, people who have severe cases may experience constant pain that requires more than rest and self-care to go away. If this is your current situation, it’s high time you seek the help of a Redwood City chiropractic specialist for TMJ pain.
Is Jaw Surgery the Best Option?
Doctors often recommend medications, stretching exercises, and natural remedies such as eating a diet of soft foods and icing of the jaw when patients complain of difficulty chewing or talking. However, when all these strategies fail to give relief, surgery may come into the picture. Your doctor may mention considering the newest advances in surgery for TMD. Jaw surgery is often considered the best option for TMD.
A recent surgical procedure replaces the entire temporomandibular joint with a titanium one, similar to having knee, shoulder, or hip replacement. However, this is an invasive treatment that comes with various risks and complications. Before deciding or considering jaw surgery, you may want to talk to your local upper cervical chiropractor.
Resolve TMD with Upper Cervical Chiropractic in Redwood City, CA
The jaw and the muscles of the face are connected. This explains why TMD has a wide radius of pain. Even the smallest misalignment in one of the bones of the upper cervical spine or neck, specifically the C1 or C2 vertebrae, can affect and tighten the muscles in the shoulders, neck, face, and jaw. It can result in pinched nerves of the neck, causing the symptoms of TMD.
Here at Advanced Spinal Care, we use upper cervical chiropractic care, a gentle method that corrects this misalignment, eliminating pressure on the nerves. Once the bones have returned to their original place, muscles can begin to relax, and the jaw can heal, resulting in lasting relief for TMD.
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