TMJ Pain Treatment in Bel Air, MD
Do you suffer from TMJ Syndrome (TMD or TMJS)?
- Do you ever complain that it hurts when you chew, open wide to yawn or use your jaw?
- Do you have pain or soreness in front of the ear, in the jaw muscle, cheek, the teeth or the temples?
- Does your jaw make loud noises or get stuck or locked as you open it?
- Have you spoken to your dentist about ongoing jaw pain?
If so, you may have a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), sometimes also referred to as temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJS) or shortened to TMJ.
Our chiropractors have successfully treated hundreds of people just like you, who have tried everything with no relief, or were even told there was nothing that could be done.
What is the treatment for TMJ?
Our staff will customize a treatment plan which may include:
- Chiropractic manipulation to correct the functional movement of the jaw joint and increase range of motion
- Trigger point specific massage therapy to loosen the muscles of the jaw, head and neck
- Physical therapy modalities such as ultrasound to control pain and inflammation and increase mobility
- Physical therapy exercises to strengthen the muscles in the area
Each and every patient is unique and all treatment plans are customized to accommodate the specific cause of TMJ, treat the symptoms, heal the injury, and strengthen the area. We believe in not only relieving the pain and range of motion restrictions but healing in such a way that symptoms do not return.
Treatment Pictured: ultrasound used to decrease pain, reduce inflammation, soften scare tissue from damaged muscles
How is TMJ diagnosed?
- To help diagnose TMJ, one of our doctors will perform a thorough exam including monitoring the dimensions of the jaw joint and the muscle balance.
- Sometimes special imaging, an X-ray or an MRI may be needed to help confirm the diagnosis.
- Special appliances or splints may be necessary.
- Many dentists will give the diagnosis and refer the patients to us for treatment
Dr. Lee and his staff is one of only a handful of chiropractors in Harford County, Maryland to treat TMJ syndrome (or TMD).
If you are looking for a TMJ specialist in Bel Air, Maryland or the surrounding areas, please contact Susquehanna Spine & Rehab today for your free consultation.
TMJ Pain Treatment Client Testimonials
TMJ was taking over my busy life as a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of two small children. I could barely get through the day due to the pain in my head and jaw. Thank goodness I found Dr. Lee to help me. He explained to me that the TMJ Disorder was caused not only by my clenching and teeth grinding but also from muscle tension in my neck and back. After a few adjustments I started feeling much better, and now I am pain free. The whole team at Susquehanna Spine & Rehab really cares about their patients. They always made appointments convenient for me allowing me to bring my two children. Dr. Lee is now treating my Plantar Fasciitis that developed during my first pregnancy 6 years ago. Thank you Dr. Lee and staff!
What Is TMJ? What are the Symptoms of TMJ?
TMJ (or TMD Syndrome) is a group of conditions, often painful, that affect the jaw joint. More specifically, it is an acute or chronic inflammation of the joint that connects the mandible to the skull. TMJS / TMD Symptoms may include:
- Radiating pain in the face, neck or shoulders
- Limited movement or locking of the jaw
- Painful clicking or grating when opening or closing the mouth
- A significant change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
- Headaches, migraines, earaches, dizziness, hearing problems and difficulty swallowing
If you have any of these, call the TMJ Specialist at our Bel Air, Maryland office today at 443-512-0025!
What are some Causes of TMJ/TMD?
- Leading cause :
- Severe injury to the jaw is a leading cause of TMJ /TMD. Anything from a hit in the jaw during a sporting activity or an auto accident.
- Other causes :
- TMJ/TMD can also be caused by conditions in the neck
- Clenching the teeth during times of psychological stress can be a major factor in TMJ/TMD.
- Eating hard and/or chewy foods.
- Chewing gum excessively or chewing on one side of the mouth too frequently
- Poor sleeping habits.
- Women experience TMD four times as often as men. Several factors may contribute to this higher ratio, including prolonged sitting in the workplace, general posture and higher heels.