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Posted on 11-02-2012

TMJ is the temporomandibular joint. It is a small joint where the jaw attaches to the skull by the ear. The joint is held together by muscles, tendons and ligaments.  The TMJ is the most active joint in the body, moving up to 2,000 times a day during talking, chewing, yawning, etc.  

Park Ridge chiropractor Dr. Cynthia Seaman states symptoms include: clicking or popping jaw, headache, earache, facial pain in front of the ear, neck pain and sensitive teeth.  The disorder can be caused several things including dental problems, injury to the jaw, whiplash type injury to the neck, and grinding and clenching the teeth.

Whether the cause of the problem is due to a jaw injury, a whiplash, dental problem, emotional stress, etc., there is almost always an involvement of the neck muscles. Overuse and contraction of theses face and neck muscles can produce vertebral misalignments in the neck.

A neck problem can mimic headaches, earaches, TMJ pain and tinnitus (sounds in the ear) without even having TMJ disorder. Dr. Seaman will correctly diagnose you to distinguish if the pain is actual TMJ disorder or pain coming from the neck. You may either need a jaw adjustment, neck adjustment or even both. Massage may also be helpful in the affected area as well as acupuncture.

If someone you know is suffering from these symptoms, please have them call Seaman Chiropractic Center at 773-545-2233 or click on seamanchiro.com for a TMJ evaluation.

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