The Temporomandibular Joint Disorder(TMJ Disorder or TMD) in Malaysia
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction (TMD) is a universal, all encompassing term for disorders and conditions that affect the TMJ. It is important to understand and diagnose the exact cause of discomfort and disorder rather than to group a given patient‘s condition under the term of TMJ disorder. Our clinical teams of chiropractors and physiotherapists have the knowledge and experience needed to accurately diagnosis the root cause of TMJ pain. Unlike others, our methods of care are target and diagnosis specific. In short, if you have TMJ pain, we have the skills, knowledge, and expertise to provide the relief and correction you seek.
Before we get started, it is important to get a few things out of the way. First, we need to get the terms right. TMJ refers to a body part. TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. TMD refers to a disorder or dysfunction of the TMJ. TMD stands for Temporomandibular Dysfunction. It is important because many use the term TMJ as if it is descriptive of a jaw disorder. So, when you visit one of our centers, we may refer to your jaw pain as TMD and not a TMJ. TMJ is the joint while TMD refers to pain, inflammation or clicking of the jaw joint.
The other issue we wanted to bring up is the proficiency of our staff with TMD
Most believe that a Dentist is the most qualified healthcare practitioner for a TMD. A dentist is a qualified practitioner for treatment and evaluation of a TMD disorder. However, a dentist‘s approach usually involves a surgical route, mouthguard or a combination of the two. In our centers, our chiropractors and physiotherapists are well versed in the diagnosis and treatment of a TMD. We are the team you should have if you have a TMD.
Many have had a surgical intervention for their TMD. In the west, oral surgeons have begun advising their patients to seek a non-surgical intervention. The non-surgical intervention has proven to be the treatment of choice. So, if you are looking for a non-operative means of repair, do visit one of our centers. We have the skills as well as the knowledge to treat even the most painful TMJ disorder without drugs or surgery.
So, in our eyes, we are the most qualified healthcare professionals that you need to recover from a TMD. Best of all our methods and systems of care are non-invasive and non-surgical. If you have a painful TMJ, visit anyone of the many centers/clinics of Chiropractic Specialty Centers, and you will be in good hands. Visit us and see our difference.
If you have jaw pain, we can help. Our clinical teams of Chiropractors and Physiotherapists have the skills needed to treat you non-invasively. Jaw pain can accompany headaches and neck pain. So when you do visit us, we will be evaluating every aspect of the jaw bone. Many centers fail because they ignore the associated conditions often linked to a TMJ malfunction. Our clinical team succeeds with jaw pain when other fails. Don’t take our word for it, visit us today to start your recovery.
Understanding the TMJ
This distinctiveness of the TMJ is one of the many culprits of challenges associated with treatments of TMD patients. So, before we start discussing therapy and therapeutic options or even problems or injuries, we believe it may be of help for some of you to have a better understanding of this stunning joint and all its‘ associated support structures.
The TMJ better known as the “Jaw Joint” is a bi-arthrodial hinge joint.
This bi-arthrodial hinge joint allows complex life-sustaining movements such as those necessary for eating, swallowing, talking and of course yawing. We encourage you to learn as much as you can about your jaw. The more information you have, the better your chances for a successful treatment. Thus, the need for better understanding of the jaw joint is critical for a complete recovery.
If you are unfortunate enough to have a dysfunction in your jaw joint, you need to understand the complexities associated with a jaw problem. Furthermore, we believe a thorough understanding the jaw will prevent procrastination or Neglect of TMJ problems. Furthermore, a better understanding of the jaw joint will enable you to identify centers that are more interested in parting you from your hard-earned money rather than parting with your from TMJ pain! Unfortunately, there are many that claim to be able to treat the jaw joint but have limited skills and knowledge. You need to avoid centers with such limitations.
A sound awareness of the anatomy of the TMJ and related structures is essential to the establishment of a correct diagnosis and appropriate care.
For you to get better, you as a patient must have a good understanding of the joint. Based on our previous experiences: patients with better understanding and knowledge of their condition heal and recover at a much faster rate as opposed to those with none or limited experience. So, it behooves you to learn as much as you can about your Jaw to ensure that you are getting the best of care. When you have a decent basic grasp of the jaw joint, you will have the ability to choose a clinician, therapist, clinic or center that is most capable. Many centers claim to have the capacity to treat a TMJ problem, but yet have an unacceptable amount of knowledge. You can avoid these unscrupulous centers, clinics or individuals by having somewhat of understanding. After all, it is your body, and you should not trust it to the novice.
Definition of TMJ TERMS
We are pleased to bring you our list of TMJ terms used by our clinical teams and on this website. Please review them and should you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact one of our centers today.
TMJ is an abbreviation for “Temporomandibular Joint.” The Temporomandibular Joint refers to your jaw joint. Each person has two; one on the right and the other on the left. The jaw bones are directly in front of the ear.
The term TMD refers to a problematic jaw joint. Many refer to their jaw pain as a TMJ, which is incorrect as the term TMJ is ONLY reflective of the joint itself. TMD stand for Temporomandibular Disorder, in other words, Jaw Pain.
The articular disc is a fibrous extension of the capsule that runs between the two articular surfaces of the Temporomandibular Joint. The disc articulates with the mandibular fossa of the temporal bone above and the condyle of the mandible below. An articular disc divides the joint into two sections, each with its synovial membrane. In addition to attachments to both temporal and superior aspects of the mandibular condyle, the collateral ligaments also attach the disc to the condyle medially and laterally. The anterior disc attaches to the joint capsule and the superior head of the lateral pterygoid. The posterior portion connecting to the mandibular fossa is better known as the retro-discal tissue.
Involuntary habitual grinding of the teeth, typically during sleep. Individuals that have bruxism may also unconsciously clench their teeth during the day.
The capsule is a fibrous membrane that surrounds the joint and attaches to the articular eminence, the articular disc and the neck of the mandibular condyle.
Unlike the disc itself, the retro-discal tissue is vascular and highly innervated. As a result, the retro-discal tissue is often a major contributor to the pain of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD), particularly when there is inflammation or compression within the joint.
The synovium is a thin layer of tissue serving as the protective lining of joints and tendon sheaths. The synovium acts to control the environment within the joint and tendon sheath. It does this in two ways: first, it serves as a membrane to determine what can pass into the joint space and what stays outside; second, the cells within the synovium produce substances that lubricate the joint.
We hope you found this section of our website helpful. Our aim is to provide our patients and visitors with pertinent health related information. Visit or call one of our centers if you have additional questions about jaw pain, TMD or other health related issues today.