Dr. Terry Cottrell has a wealth of experience in treating TMJ, temporomandibular joint disorder. TMJ can be troublesome and even get in the way of eating since it’s the sliding-hinge joint connecting your jawbone to your skull. At Cottrell Chiropractic in Issaquah, Washington, the focus is on providing pain relief and positive results. Call or book online.
TMJ is the shortened term for pain in your temporomandibular joint, the joint on either side of your jaw that connects your jawbone to your skull. The sliding-hinge joints work with the muscles and cartilage surrounding them to allow you to move your jaw around.
If the joints don’t move properly or become damaged or inflamed, TMJ can be the result. TMJ is also known as tmd, temporomandibular disorder.S
Other symptoms of TMJ are:
Commonly, the small piece of cartilage in your joint can come out of place and result in TMJ. Other causes are:
Dr. Cottrell sees many patients who are suffering from TMJ and offers many effective treatment methods such as:
Rehabilitative exercises can disperse inflammation and increase your range of motion.
Low-force pressure adjustments
Low-force pressure adjustments allow Dr. Cottrell to realign your joint and make sure everything is in the correct place.
The activator method is an alternative to manual adjustments by using a handheld instrument to deliver gentle impulses to the affected area in order to realign your joints.
Other tips for relieving TMJ pain are to put a hot or cold compress on your jaw, eat softer foods so as not to aggravate the problem, and try to do regular exercises to gently and slowly stretch your jaw.
Regardless of how your TMJ occurred, Dr. Cottrell has many solutions that can ease your pain, take your mind off things, and get you feeling better. Call or book your appointment online.