Dr. Nassab’s Clinical Discussions:
What is the temporomandibular joint?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the area directly in front of the ear on either side of the head where the upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible) meet. Within the TMJ, there are moving parts that allow the upper jaw to close on the lower jaw. This joint is a typical sliding “ball and socket” that has a disc sandwiched between it. The TMJ is used throughout the day to move the jaw, especially in biting and chewing, talking, and yawning. It is one of the most frequently used joints of the body.
The temporomandibular joints are complex and are composed of muscles, tendons, and bones. Each component contributes to the smooth operation of the TMJ. When the muscles are relaxed and balanced and both jaw joints open and close comfortably, we are able to talk, chew, or yawn without pain.
We can locate the TMJ by putting a finger on the triangular structure in front of the ear. The finger is moved just slightly forward and pressed firmly while opening the jaw. The motion felt is from the TMJ.
Chiropractic care for the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can ease pain by correcting the misalignment between the spine and nervous system. Chiropractic can be effective at reducing the pain associated with TMJ, either when used alone or as a complement to other treatments. I have been taking care of this Subluxation for over 30 years.
III. Prognosis and Outcome
Outcome for pain reduction is extremely high for this condition and Chiropractic care. Chronic conditions take time and require multidisciplinary team work for long term benefit.
I expect all my patients to get well and relief from TMJ Subluxations.
IV. Dr. Nassab’s Discussion
I have had the privilege of working with my patients who have this Subluxation for over 33 years and I am very confident saying that my patients benefit greatly and for long term.
My goal is to always have a tool at my patient’s disposal as an alternative to needing to take something. Always give Chiropractic a chance before the more drastic and or more aggressive approaches.
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Yours in health,
Richard G. Nassab, D.C.