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Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ disorder or TMD, is characterized by a limited range of motion in any of the two TMJs connecting the lower jaw to the skull. There are many causes of TMJ disorder which include TMJ damage due to certain diseases, trauma, wear and tear, impact or a blow to the jaw, whiplash injury and damaging habits such as clenching or grinding the teeth.
The common symptoms of this disorder are stiff or locking jaw, pain in the neck, problems in biting, headache, and pain and popping or clicking sound due to bone-on-bone contact within the joints. If you experience these symptoms, you may see a qualified chiropractor.
Chiropractic treatments for TMD include gentle adjustment and myofascial release treatment (MRT) that works to break up the contraction of the mastication muscles. These muscles are supposed to work in tandem to achieve smooth coordination when opening and closing of the mouth. Dr. Nicholas Baiata treats people with TMJ disorder in his Jacksonville clinic using a gentle, drug-free, non-surgical, hands-on approach.