Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome
If you place your fingers in front of either ear and wiggle your jaw, you'll feel an opening that changes shape. This is the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) where the temporal bone of the skull attaches to your jaw, or mandible. Nearly 30 percent of Americans have TMJ problems. The symptoms may include severe headaches, loss of hearing, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), shoulder, cheek, jaw or tooth pain, nausea and dizziness. TMJ affects more women than men.
Chiropractic and TMJ
Spinal problems and TMJ Syndrome are often related. In fact, dental and/or chiropractic care may help you avoid TMJ surgery. In the interest of better patient care, chiropractors and dentists are beginning to work together to ensure jaw, skull and spinal health.