Chronic pain in the head, neck, and shoulders can be easily misdiagnosed, and can lead to a decrease in quality of life. Typical treatments such as over the counter painkillers, chiropractic treatment, massage, and heat packs can provide temporary relief, but if the pain keeps coming back, there is a chance that you may have a TMJ disorder (often abbreviated TMD).
TMD is characterized by a range of symptoms, which can include any of the following:
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Pain in the head, neck, and shoulders
- Pain and stiffness in the jaw
- Ringing in the ears
- Popping or grinding of the jaw
The good news is that these symptoms can often be completely eliminated with proper treatment. Dr. Craig Carlson uses state of the art jaw mapping technology to help determine the ideal placement of your jaw to relieve the temporomandibular joint stress and tension that is contributing to your symptoms.
Treatment for TMJ disorder often involves a combination of dental work to restore strength and function to your bite with a custom orthotic to help keep your jaw in place. If you regularly clench or grind your teeth, a night guard may be recommended.
The relief that many patients feel after successful treatment of their TMJ disorder can't be put into words. Quality of life can rise dramatically after being cured of chronic pain and headaches. In addition to symptom relief, you'll be able to save on costly chiropractic visits and cut down on your painkiller consumption.
If you think you may have undiagnosed TMD, please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Carlson at 210-812-2602 to schedule your appointment. We serve patients in San Antonio, New Braunfels, and nearby areas of south Texas.