According to the most recent research, more than 15% of Americans suffer from chronic facial pain, including jaw pain and headaches. What researchers have found is that most of these pains are due to a dysfunction of a person’s jaw, otherwise known as the TMJD. In fact, Dr. McLaughlin has recently had discussions with a local ENT who said he finds that at times in addition to facial pain, a person’s ear pain may be caused by TMJ dysfunction.
What can you do about your jaw or facial pain?
Dr. Julie McLaughlin has done extensive studies in working with patients with facial pain caused by TMJ Dysfunction. She has trained under Dr. Alex Vidan, a nationally known TMJD educator in the field and it is one of her primary specialties.
In order to determine if you are a candidate for care, an examination must be performed on your jaw and spine. If you are a candidate for care following the initial examination, a treatment plan will be created to best fit your needs. Treatments for TMJD help to restore normal stability and function of the TMJ. By regaining this “normal” function, many facial pains can be relieved or eliminated.
Why is a spinal examination needed when I may only have jaw pain?
According to the Journal of Applied Oral Science, neck disorders are perpetuating factors for TMJD patients. Further, the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) recommends that a diagnosis of TMJD receive a clinical examination of the head and neck. Lastly, the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation recommends examination of the neck even without a neck complaint for individuals suffering from TMJD. As a Chiropractor the spine is a natural primary focus but the TMJ is close behind as TMJD is the second leading cause of musculoskeletal pain second only to lower back pain.
What if I am already receiving treatment from another practitioner? (i.e. dentist, orthodontist, or oral surgeon)
Co-managing care with another oral healthcare provider is extremely beneficial for an individual with TMJD. Many individuals who come to the office already have had an appliance created for them by their dentist to help with their facial pain. Our office works diligently to maintain open communications with your dental provider, providing updates at different points through your care.
If you are interested in more information or having an evaluation for TMJD call McLaughlin Care at 847-234-2346.