Having Trouble Opening Your Mouth? It Could be TMJ. What would you think if you woke up with a painful and stiff jaw, or you find you cannot open your mouth at all? Probably the first thing that springs to mind is lockjaw! However, lockjaw is another name for tetanus and is caused by a bacterial toxin, so chances are greater that you are experiencing TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

Do not panic. People who suffer from TMJ can find relief with chiropractic treatment. Before we explain how chiropractic care can help, we want you to understand more about TMJ.

What is TMJ?

TMJ refers to conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint in the jaw. It is the joint that connects with your skull. Muscles and ligaments control the movement of your jaw, so if there is a problem with the muscles and ligaments, it affects the jaw and the joint function.

Symptoms of TMJ

There are several common symptoms of TMJ depending on the progress and severity of the condition. They include:

  • Pain in your jaw, cheek, teeth, or front of the ear when you chew or yawn
  • Clicking noises in your jaw
  • Inability to open your mouth wide
  • Your jaw locks when opened wide
  • Upper and lower teeth are not properly aligned when your mouth is closed
  • Headaches
  • Hearing problems
  • Dizziness
  • Earaches

Causes of TMJ

There are many reasons to cause you to experience TMJ. Some include:

  • Serious jaw trauma
  • Jaw dislocation
  • Long periods of holding your mouth open wide
  • Physical or emotional stress

Stress alone does not cause TMJ. However, if you tend to clench your teeth when you are awake or asleep, the continual stress on the muscles and ligaments may end up triggering TMJ. Sadly, statistics show that women are four times more likely to suffer from TMJ than men. That does not mean men are seldom affected.



Chiropractic Treatment for TMJ

Like other joints in your body like your back or neck, our experienced chiropractors can help when you have a problem in your jaw joint. Our Boynton Beach chiropractors with the MDR Advanced Medical Associates team will consult with you to determine the root cause(s) for the problem and create an individual and thorough treatment plan for you.

The chiropractic treatment plan is designed to address the underlying cause of the problem, restore normal jaw function, and relieve your discomfort. Chiropractic treatment for TMJ often includes a variety of options such as:

If you find you have symptoms of TMJ, contact MDR Advanced Medical Associates as soon as possible. Our team is here to answer your questions and get you on the road to recovery.

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MDR Advanced Medical Associates
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Mohammed HuseinMohammed Husein
04:17 15 Oct 21
Dr. Abe was quick in assisting me with my neck and shoulder pain! I had very little movement of my head going into the office but Dr. Abe assured me that I would be taken care of. He not only adjusted me but taught me ways to alleviate my pain through at-home stretching and better sleeping positions. Three days later and my pain is gone! Thank you Dr. Abe and thank you MDR!! I will be back!
Omar HamdanOmar Hamdan
15:58 14 Oct 21
I had an amazing experience with Dr. Abe. This was the first time I felt absolute comfort at a chiropractor and will 100% be back. I felt comfortable and felt that Dr. Abe was treating me like a member of his family. I really appreciate Dr. Abe and MDR Advanced Medical Associates. Dr. Abe thoroughly explained to me my options and helped me set follow up appointments the fit into my daily packed schedule. Thank you !
Jason KingJason King
15:32 14 Oct 21
I've been coming here for over a year now and the service is exceptional, Dr Abe has been a huge help in my recovery and also always have a great conversation with him. If you're not coming here you're going to the wrong place.
20:46 28 Jun 21
I decided to visit this group after a pinched nerve/muscle spasms in my neck/arm were not getting better. Great location, good hours, if you are in pain, they do anything they can to try & see you and not make you wait a week.Dr Mark & Dr Abe went thru my x-rays and came up with a game plan & discussed with me.I mainly see Abe for manipulations, he is very skilled at what he does. I'm glad I took the chiropractic route. Had me up & running pretty fast. Amazing that I felt that good without medicines.Jessica & Deasy are fun to deal with. Nice, friendly, & they keep things moving! It all starts and ends at the front desk.Chris. What can I say. I guess it isn't really isn't his fault that he gets to inflict pain on me from time to time, but, he is also great to work with 🤣🤣. He gets to demonstrate the "at home" things to do, never the fun part but when done regularly, they may help you from coming back as much.Worth checking out. They are all good people.❤
Jack BrownJack Brown
21:58 09 Jun 21
I would recommend all my family and friends to go here.Tha whole staff is wonderful. The Doctor's explain what there doing ang how they are going to get you better.