TMJ Treatment for Chronic Jaw, Neck and Back Pain
Patients with chronic jaw, neck, and back pain may suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD (also often referred to as TMJ). When there is a problem with the jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles, it can be difficult to get through a single day without some discomfort or pain around the jaw, neck, and shoulders. In some cases, TMJ symptoms go away on their own; but in others, medical intervention and noninvasive treatment options may be necessary.
The cause of TMJ is still unknown but the following can contribute to the condition:
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
- Arthritis in the joint
- Injury to the jaw or face such as whiplash