TMJ Treatment From Your Manhattan Chiropractor
If you've ever felt a kink or pain in your jaw, you're not alone. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), an estimated 10 million Americans suffer from Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), and close to three-quarters of the U.S. population have symptoms at least occasionally. Many people are more familiar with this condition when it is referred to as temporomandibular joint syndrome, or TMJ syndrome.
What is the Temporomandibular Joint?
The Temporomandibular joint is a hinge located at the front of each ear that connects your jaw to the temporal bones in your skull. It is used frequently when eating, talking, yawning, laughing, etc., and when it is in pain it can be both distressing and disheartening. Some of the symptoms commonly associated with TMJ syndrome include
- Painful chewing or talking
- Aching pain in the ear that extends to the back of head or neck
- Jaw locking
- Pain in the TMJ joint
At NuView Health Medical of Manhattan in New York City, NY our team of professionals, led by our Doctor of chiropractic, Dr. Alan Belsky regularly treats conditions such as TMJ syndrome. The team includes not just our chiropractor but also other professionals such as physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists and others that help assure that each patient has access to the care they need.
Potential Causes of TMJ Syndrome
Although the cause is unclear, many believe that TMD or TMJ Syndrome happens when there is an injury to the jaw, joint, neck or head muscles. In many cases, whiplash experienced after a car accident or similar incident can lead to TMJ. Other potential causes may include
- Stress-related grinding of teeth or jaw clenching
- Problems with the disc located between the ball and socket of the joint
Why Chiropractic Care is a Good Option for TMJ Syndrome
As with many conditions, the National Institute of Health advocates for the most conservative option for treating TMJ/TMD, and chiropractic is among the least invasive treatment options since it treats the condition, as well as related conditions such as whiplash without the use of drugs, and does not include any surgery. At NuView Health Medical of Manhattan, located in Midtown Manhattan near Rockefeller Center we are easy to get to and provide many drug-free treatment options since we include not only chiropractic care provided by Dr. Belsky, but also enlist the expertise of certified and licensed professionals including physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists and others.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Manhattan Chiropractor
To learn more about what we can do for your TMJ symptoms, contact NuView Health Medical of Manhattan in New York City, NY at (212) 588-0707 to schedule an appointment.