Neck pain can be simply unbearable at times. It makes it difficult to sleep, walk, sit and do just about anything comfortably. I know this because I had dealt with it for nearly two years before I found any relief. It was not until I began going to a chiropractor that I found that life did not have to be so painful. The chiropractor made regular adjustments each week and helped me learn what I could do to make myself more comfortable. I have included everything that my chiropractor taught me on my website to help others going through the same struggles as I did.
If you suffer from chronic temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, the first medical specialist you might see for relief is your dentist. But if your dentist doesn't have all the answers or solutions you need, you may continue to suffer from TMJ pain. Learn about some possible causes, solutions, and preventative measures for your TMJ pain below.
What Are Some Possible Causes of Your TMJ Pain?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most vital and complex tissues in your face and head. The joint consists of different ligaments, discs, and other tissues that work together to control the movements and positions of your lower jaw and the facial muscles that support it. If you overwork the tissues that support your temporomandibular joints, you can gradually develop TMJ pain.
Many things may potentially overwork one or both temporomandibular joints, including subconsciously and consciously grinding your teeth (or bruxism) and tooth clenching. Bruxism and tooth clenching can both cause excessive wear and tear, pain, and other problems in the facial muscles. The pain may extend to the temporomandibular joints and eventually lead to temporomandibular joint disorder in some people.
A number of other factors may lead to TMJ pain, including face and ear trauma. If you brux your teeth or suffer from another ailment that may cause TMJ pain, contact a physical therapist like those at Burgman Chiropractic Clinic PC.
What Physical Therapy Solutions Do You Need?
When temporomandibular joint pain affects multiple tissues in the face and jaw, it's important to see someone who can find out why. A physical therapist (and chiropractor) can examine your face and jaw muscles to see if these tissues have inflammation, trauma, or even infection in them. A therapist may also be able to determine the extent of damage in your temporomandibular joints.
A physical therapist may do several things to promote healing in your temporomandibular joints, including massaging the muscles in your face and jaw. Your muscles could be stiff from pain. Massage can loosen up the muscles and help them become more flexible.
A therapist may also apply warm or cold packs to your lower jaw. The packs can help numb the nerves in your jaw as well as ease any swelling you might have in your face. The treatments you require over time may change, depending on your progress.
If you're tired of suffering from TMJ pain, find the solutions you need by contacting a physical therapy consultant today.