What Causes TMJ?
TMJ can be the result of a variety of causes, including jaw injury, head or neck trauma, teeth grinding or nail biting, infection, autoimmune diseases and arthritis. It can also be due to excess stress on the mind and body from work or your personal life. TMJ can arise from any one of these causes or a combination of several working in conjunction.
What Happens If TMJ is Left Untreated?
In some cases, TMJ pain can go away on its own. This is often the case when TMJ was due to stress, as moving past or getting rid of the stressor can reduce pain and swelling so you can find relief. Engaging in self-care practices, like icing your jaw joint or taking anti-inflammatory medication, can help alleviate symptoms as well. Eating soft foods can also be helpful when symptoms flare up.
However, this isn’t always the case, with some patients suffering from chronic inflammation in the temporomandibular joint. If you’ve been unable to alleviate pain from TMJ on your own, a chiropractor can help. Without chiropractic care, chronic TMJ can force your body to overcompensate in other areas to ease your symptoms, which can lead to further imbalances, misalignments and discomfort.