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 motiontmj specialist bel air md
    • 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!
Patti, 38

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.


I have been having severe pain since 2014. I’ve had a full battery of x-rays/MRI done to diagnose my condition [as] severe arthritis. After I was prescribed an injection that I was told would take care of everything, the pain was back, worse than before. Dr. Lee reviewed my x-rays and MRI and set up a treatment plan... After the 1st visit my pain has decreased. I can already feel a big difference.

E.M., 68

Before coming to Dr. Lee, my ankle pain would wake me up during the night because of its severity. Dr. Lee has helped alleviate the pain in my ankle. By performing specific exercises twice per week, the pain is non-existent!

Nick, 33

I have been a patient of Dr.Lee's for about 10 months now. As a 22 year old, I have been suffering from back pain since I was about 13 years old. The pain increased a few years ago and despite physical therapy performed at other facilities, and pain medications from the doctor I was unable to control the level of discomfort. I found Dr. Lee and have been extremely happy with my results.

Dennet L.

I came to Dr. Lee with several aches and pains. I was nervous about receiving chiropractic treatment but Dr. Lee eased my concerns by thoroughly making sure that I was a safe candidate for adjustments... After regular adjustments and Physical Therapy, my knee pain is gone, my elbow pain is gone, my ankle and wrist are improving AND I’m reducing the migraines I used to get too!

Amy, 31

I began seeing Dr. Lee after noticing severe tenderness and pain in my left hip region... I was lucky to find Dr. Lee when I did, not only did he help me discover that the pain in my hip was actually related to a mass growing uncontrollably but he also gave me the comfort I’d been searching for with chiropractic. I’d recommend Dr. Lee to anyone who wants to be pain-free!

Pam, 19

I have had lower back problems for about 35 years. As I aged, they were getting worse. I also noticed I was over weight. I came to Susquehanna Spine & Rehab because Dr. Lee could address both issues as part of a unified plan. The diet regimen, chiropractic, and personalized exercises worked!

Tony, 63

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had pain in my neck and shoulders... Now that I’m an adult, my pain continues, but Dr. Lee is helping me a lot. I have an appointment twice a week, and I can definitely tell a difference. I use pain management along with the tens unit and physical therapy. All three of these services are working great and I’m definitely feeling better.

Andrea, 28

I have had back problems for years. I have been to other chiropractors I have even gone to medical doctors no one has been able to make it feel any better. Then I found Dr. Lee I have finally found relief. I am feeling so much better after starting care at Susquehanna Spine & Rehab.

S. age 60

I began seeing Dr. Lee because of a shooting pain I developed in my left heel... After a brief examination, Dr. Lee explained to me that my pain was being caused by Plantar Fasciitis... Shortly after Dr. Lee began treating my heel, I noticed that I was experiencing less and less discomfort. In a few short weeks, I was able to continue my exercise routine and enjoy my daily activities pain-free!

Randy, 25

When I came to Susquehanna Spine & Rehab I was very skeptical. After only 2 weeks at Susquehanna Spine and Rehab the severe pain in my neck, shoulder and arm had greatly improved … NO MORE PAIN! I can now sleep through the night without waking up in pain! THANK YOU SUSQUEHANNA SPINE & REHAB!!!

TM age 63

My daughter started falling up the stairs at school and having severe knee pain for no apparent reason... Dr. Lee did a thorough exam and walked us through his entire treatment plan. Every appointment was made at a time convenient to my schedule. Heather has made wonderful progress and is now pain-free. Dr. Lee was always available for questions and kept me well informed of her progress.

Heather, 13

I have been to too many chiropractors to count in five different states and this is the best chiropractor I have been to so far.

Abingdon MD