Could dental treatment help your Chicago back pain?
Back pain is a very constant reality some people suffer each and every day. No matter how many doctors they have seen are seen or medications they have tried, for many it seems no one has been able to get to the root of the problem. If this sounds like you, it may interest you to know that the cause of your back pain may be due to TMJ disorder, a very painful problem of the jaw joints.
What is TMJ?
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, results when your bite becomes misaligned. When this happens, the hundreds of previously normal jaw functions, including biting, chewing, laughing, yawning, talking and many other facial expressions, now places an extraordinary amount of stress on your jaw joints. TMJ symptoms are many, but some of the most common ones include chronic and severe headaches, an aching jaw, ringing in the ears and a jaw that makes clicking or popping sounds.
How can a jaw joint disorder cause back pain?
The jaw is an amazingly complex system that is designed to function smoothly, but when one area of this machinery gets injured or somehow moved out of alignment, it affects the other connected muscles, soft tissue and cartilage. This can result in many other surprising pain symptoms in addition to the ones already mentioned, including:
- Neck pain
- Vision problems
- Facial muscle spasms
- Back pain
- Arm pain
How can my dentist help your back pain?
If your back pain is caused by TMJ, your Chicago dentist can help using advanced TMJ treatment methods. If you’re interested in finding out whether you have a TMJ disorder, your best bet is to contact a physiologic dentist, like Dr. Ira Shapira of Think Better Life to schedule a consultation.
After completing a full examination of your jaw and dental structure, he will discuss the best treatment options with you. This may include, a custom-fitted oral appliance to take pressure off of your jaw joints and relieve your pain or dental procedures to correct a misaligned bite.