Do you find that your jaw keeps popping? Would you like to find a way to stop it from occurring? If so, you should reach out to a chiropractor who can help you. There are a number of reasons why your jaw might be popping, and it could be a sign that something is wrong with your temporomandibular joint. What do you need to know about this condition, and how can a chiropractor help you? Keep reading to learn more.
Your Jaw Might Be Popping Due To a TMJ Issue
There are a number of reasons why your jaw might be popping, but one of the most common concerns is a TMJ problem. Your TMJ is your temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that is responsible for opening and closing your mouth. If you feel like your jaw is clicking or popping, this is a sign that your jaw is not opening and closing smoothly. The most likely problem is an issue with your temporomandibular joint.
For example, you may feel like your jaw has to “change gears” when you open and close your mouth. Or, you might notice that your jaw gets stuck or locked in place when you are trying to eat something. You might even have a hard time pronouncing certain words because of issues with your jaw.
Why Do TMJ Issues Develop?
There are several reasons why you might develop problems with your temporomandibular joint. They include:
- If you grind your teeth at night, you increase your chances of developing this condition.
- There might be an erosion of cartilage in between the joints, leading to the development of arthritis.
- The joint might be knocked out of alignment if it is struck in a traumatic accident or while playing contact sports.
Regardless of the reason why you have been diagnosed with TMJ dysfunction, you need to reach out to a professional who can help you.
How Can a Chiropractor Help You?
If you feel like your jaw is popping, you need to reach out to a chiropractor who can provide you with a comprehensive evaluation. A chiropractor can take a look at your temporomandibular joint and see if there is a potential imbalance that has to be corrected. A chiropractor can also take a look at your muscles, ligaments, and tendons to make sure they are working in conjunction with one another.
Then, if there is an alignment issue involving your TMJ, a chiropractor can use a series of adjustments to shift everything into the proper locations. A chiropractor may also provide you with exercises that can help you prevent this condition from coming back.
Work in Conjunction With a Chiropractor and a Dentist
It can be frustrating if your jaw keeps popping, and it may have a tremendous impact on your overall quality of life. If your jaw is popping, it may make it difficult for you to speak, chew, and swallow. You need to reach out to a chiropractor who can take a look at the alignment of your muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Then, the chiropractor can use adjustments to help you make sure your temporomandibular joint is working exactly as expected. It is also critical to work in conjunction with a dentist who understands how to correct TMJ problems. By working with both a chiropractor and dentist, you’ll get to the root cause of your TMJ dysfunction and prevent this issue from coming back in the future.
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