Comprehensive TMJD Treatment in Gladstone, MO
If you experience persistent pain, swelling, popping, or tenderness in the jaw area, you may have Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD). TMJD is a condition that arises from complications in the temporomandibular joint, which facilitates proper jaw movement. At Northland Physical Medicine, our medical specialists provide diagnoses and treatment services for TMJD patients of all ages in Gladstone, MO and the surrounding region. Our team will work to find the exact source of your pain and provide several therapeutic treatment methods. We’ll also recommend dental care professionals and surgeons in the region who may be able to help you find further relief through surgery and other procedures. Learn more about our TMJD treatment services below, and contact our office at (816) 452-4488 to schedule an appointment with us today!
What is TMJD?
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD) is condition that arises due to complications in the temporomandibular joint of the jaw. This joint connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It is responsible for proper jaw movement.
The medical community is still unsure as to what, exactly causes TMJD, though most believe that the condition arises due to problems with the muscles of your jaw or with the parts of the joint itself. Injuries to the head, neck and shoulders may also play a role in contributing to TMJD. Other causes may include teeth grinding, arthritis, and chronic stress. Common symptoms of TMJD include:
- Pain or tenderness in the face or jaw area
- Problems when you try to open your mouth wide
- The jaw itself getting stuck in the open or closed position
- Popping, grating, or clicking sounds in the jaw joint area
- Trouble chewing or uncomfortable bite
- A fatigued feeling in the face
- Swelling in the face
TMJD Diagnosis and Treatment at Northland Physical Medicine
At Northland Physical Medicine, our medical specialists provide TMJD diagnoses and treatments for patients in Gladstone, MO and the surrounding area. We will perform a series of preliminary assessments to determine whether you have TMJD and further determine possible causes. If surrounding muscular issues are identified as a potential source of your issue, or chiropractic specialists will work to alleviate any tension and alignment issues in the head, neck, or shoulders. We also provide a wide range of massages, exercises, special pain treatments, and manual therapy treatments to help alleviate symptoms of TMJD. If more information is needed to determine the causes and extent of your particular condition, our medical team will gladly recommend a list of dentists or surgeons in the region that can provide medical imaging and surgical procedures to further diagnose and treat TMJD.
Take the First Step Toward TMJD Relief — Contact Our Gladstone, MO Office
If you experience any of the above jaw-related symptoms, you may have TMJD. Let our medical professionals at Northland Physical Medicine help you find relief. Contact our office at (816) 452-4488 to schedule an appointment with us today!
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