Say goodbye to your Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (Jaw Pain)!
The Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) is a universal, all-encompassing term for disorders and conditions that affect the TMJ (jaw joint). It is important to understand and diagnose the exact cause of discomfort and dysfunction rather than to group a given patient‘s condition under the term of TMJ disorder. Time spent on diagnosis can make a huge difference when it comes to the outcome of care. It is for this reason that our research-based chiropractors and clinical physiotherapists will spend lots of time studying your particular case before making a final diagnosis, especially when it comes to a Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction better known as a TMJ disorder or by its acronym: TMD).
Before we get started, it is important to get a few things out of the way. First and foremost 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 jaw joint. TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction: an important point to remember, as some are confused about the use of the term “TMJ.” Some have even attempted to correct us. So, please keep in mind that when you come to our office complaining of a jaw pain, we may refer to it as a TMD and not TMJ.
Proficiency of Our Staff with Treatments of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction.
Most believe that a Dentist is qualified healthcare practitioner to treat a temporomandibular joint dysfunction. That would be a correct assumption because a dentist is a qualified practitioner for treatment and evaluation of a Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction. But, yet 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 Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction. We are the team you should have if you have a Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD). Best of all, we can combine our efforts with that our your dentist (mouthguard) for even better results.
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. It has been proven to be more efficient in both the short and the long-term.
Therefore, 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 any one of the many centers/clinics of Chiropractic Specialty Centers, and you will be in good hands. Visit us and see our difference.
Anatomy of the “Jaw Joint” and How it Impacts the Recovery from a “Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction.”
If you are a Jaw Joint pain sufferer, you will need to understand the jaw. Understanding the jaw joint is not complete until you know the jaw joint’s anatomy. The jaw joint is a complex joint, and a problem or a malfunction with this joint can create jaw pain along with a host of other terrible illnesses and disorders.
Jaw pain perhaps one of the most commonly occurring problems in the world and yet many go on suffering needlessly. Most that suffer from jaw pain do so because they either were not diagnosed early or received inappropriate treatments. Jaw disorder can sometimes present itself as neck pain, headaches, migraines or even ringing in the ears. The most common reason why there are so many cases of misdiagnosed TMD (jaw disorder) is that a jaw disorder can present itself as neck pain, headaches, dizziness, nausea and even loss of energy. Visit a Chiropractic Specialty Center today to start living a healthy life without drugs or medication. Or even ringing in the ears. This point is important especially if these symptoms are not responding to the conventional therapies and treatments given.
In our center, a non-operative clinical team will see to you and get you back without the need for drugs or surgery. Chiropractic care and Physiotherapy have been the most effective therapeutic methods for those who suffer from Jaw Pain. In our center, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists work side-by-side, so you get better faster. We are the jaw specialists you need in town. We can help even if others have failed. So, contact one of our centers today.
We understand that we may not be able to educate your doctor or therapists about temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Thus, so this is our attempt to inform you of a possible problem so that you, in turn, can identify the cause of your condition, should there be one. Also, we have noticed that those of our patients that have a good grasp of the etiology of a given condition tend to recover at a faster pace. These were the two dominating factors when we posted this page.
Please keep in mind that this section or any other section of our site is not meant to enable you to self-diagnose or self-treat a condition. These pages and this site are purely for informational purposes. Knowledge is good, and we intend on sharing it with our community. Together we will be living in a healthier and more productive society
In this section, we will break down and organize the jaw joint structures and components into different categories. To begin with, we deem it necessary to start with the Joint Capsule of the TMJ.
- The Joint Capsule:
The TMJ capsule is a fibrous membrane that encompasses the Temporomandibular Joint in its entirety. This fibrous layer attaches to the articular eminence as it surrounds the joint. Coincidently, the articular disc of theTMJ owes its‘ rise to this membrane. The Joint Capsule envelops the entire joint. It is the outermost soft-tissue component of the Jaw Joint.
The unique feature of the TMJ is the articular disc. The capsule has significance in many respects, but most important of these is the fact that the Articular disc is the fibrous extension of the capsule.
- The Articular Disc:
The disc is composed of fibrocartilagenous tissue much like the firm and flexible elastic cartilage of the ear. The articular disc lies between the two bones that form the jaw joint (temporal bone and the mandible).
The articular disc is the most important anatomical structure found in the TMJ. The disc is biconcave so that it can accommodate the sliding action between the two bones of the jaw. The articular disc is firm and appears round to oval in shape. Malfunction, slippage or trauma to the articular disc can result in varying degrees of temporomandibular joint dysfunction. If you have a temporomandibular joint dysfunction, we can help. Don’t ignore or neglect jaw pain. Let us help today.