There is a very intimate connection between your Temporomandibular Joint (jaw joint), or TMJ, and the upper part of your spine and skull. Unfortunately, this fact seems to be ignored much of the time, even by our doctors.
It is absolutely critical that all components of your TMJ symptoms are properly evaluated. Due to their close connection, it is difficult to properly evaluate a TMJ problem without also evaluating the upper part of your spine.
Since 1993, one of our areas of expertise has been the proper evaluation of TMJ disorders by providing a comprehensive evaluation of both the jaw joint (TMJ) as well as it’s close connection with the spine and skull.
Those with TMJ symptoms, such as clicking, popping, pain or locking of the jaw are much more likely to also have a disorder of the upper part of your spine. Likewise, those with upper spine disorders are more likely to suffer with TMJ problems. Much of the time, a problem with the normal shape or structure of the spine is a significant contributing factor to your TMJ symptoms.
Traditionally, treatment such as muscle relaxers, mouthguards and even injections are used to treat the symptoms, while the structural abnormality causing the TMJ symptoms goes virtually unaddressed. TMJ problems are likely to worsen over the course of time if the true cause is left undiagnosed and uncorrected.
Schedule your initial complimentary consultation today to determine if a structural alignment issue may be causing or contributing to your TMJ problem.