TMJ Specialist

The Athletes Clinic

Chiropractors located in Charlotte, NC

Teeth grinding is something you might not realize you do unconsciously until you experience temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). At The Athletes Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, Amanda Wiechens, DC, treats jaw pain and stiffness from TMJ using the latest chiropractic and physical therapy techniques. Schedule your TMJ evaluation and treatment consultation by calling the office or requesting one online today.

TMJ Q&A

What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) is a type of pain in the joint that allows you to open and close your mouth. You have two of them, and they’re called temporomandibular joints because they connect your lower jaw (mandible) to your temples on either side of your head. 

You use your temporomandibular joints a lot, so wear and tear within those joints is not uncommon. The term TMJ encompasses many conditions and injuries affecting these joints, resulting in jaw pain. 

What are the main symptoms of TMJ?

TMJ can affect the way your joints feel and the way they function. The exact symptoms you get depend on the severity of the condition and its underlying cause. You might experience:

  • Jaw pain or discomfort
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Jaw locking
  • Clicking sounds when you move your jaw
  • Changes in the way your teeth align

When you come to The Athletes Clinic with jaw pain, Dr. Wiechens evaluates the joint and gathers information about your symptoms and medical history. Digital X-rays may be available for a detailed look at the joints and the structures surrounding them. 

What causes TMJ?

TMJ has many possible causes and risk factors, including behaviors, injuries, and underlying conditions. However, the cause isn’t always identifiable, and the symptoms can appear without warning. 

Your risk for TMJ is higher than average if you:

  • Have arthritis
  • Grind your teeth at night
  • Have structural problems with your jaw present from birth
  • Injure your jaw
  • Have an autoimmune disease

Dr. Wiechens takes the underlying causes into consideration while creating your TMJ treatment plan at The Athletes Clinic. 

How is TMJ treated?

To treat TMJ effectively, The Athletes Clinic offers several treatment options that Dr. Wiechens combines into an individualized plan for you. 

The following treatments and services may improve your jaw functioning and ease TMJ pain:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Physical therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Electrostimulation
  • Laser therapy
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Active Release Technique®

Alongside in-office adjustments and therapies, Dr. Wiechens encourages you to take steps to improve your general health and well-being. That may include getting more sleep, following a more nutritious diet, or taking nutritional supplements. She also gives you specific exercises for your jaw to practice at home. 

Jaw pain that lasts beyond a day or two is a sign of TMJ. To schedule an evaluation and TMJ treatment consultation, call The Athletes Clinic or reserve an appointment online today.