Chiropractor in Tallahassee, FL Discusses Some Causes of TMJ- Dysfunction

posted By Dr Eric Pragle, DC, LMT

Far to many americans suffer from TMJ-TMD Dysfunction.  The exact cause of TMJ is often unclear, however it commonly comes on after a head, jaw, or neck injury, such as a car accident, whiplash injury, slip and fall or direct blow to the head.  TMJ appears to be directly linked to migraines, headaches, and neck pain.  Chronic, long term -TMJ can be triggered by a number of things, including:  history of car accident/whiplash/head or neck trauma, sleeping problem, stomach sleeping, muscle tension from stress, neck pain or medications.  If left untreated TMJ can lead to more severe face pain, headaches, neck pain, sleep disorders, anxiety and even making it difficult to open the mouth to eat.  The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) combines a hinge action with sliding motions. The parts of the bones that interact in the joint are covered with cartilage and are separated by a small shock absorbing disk, which normally makes the movement smooth.

Painful TMJ Dysfunction can occur if:

  • The joint's cartilage is damaged by arthritis
  • The joint is damaged by a direct blow or other impact
  • The disk erodes or moves out of its proper alignment from a poor sleeping position

In many cases, however, the cause of TMJ dysfunction is unclear, likely a combination of injuries, poor posture and even genetic factors.

Factors that may increase the risk of developing TMJ include:

  • Various types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Long-term teeth grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Certain connective tissue diseases that cause problems which may affect the temporomandibular joint
  • Jaw injury
  • Tending to eat hard foods that cause grinding of the teeth

At Pragle Chiropractic we utilize the AO Treatment which is a gentle re-alignment of the atlas the top bone in the neck. This AO Treatment has shown benefit for people who suffer from TMJ.  Please contact us at www. praglechiro.com or at 850 508 5951.