The jaw, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) joins the mandible to the skull and is supported by the action of multiple muscles. It is used in thousands of movements daily, whenever you talk, chew or swallow.
As any other joint, the jaw is susceptible to be injured following a trauma or repetitive use and can cause multiple symptoms such as pain or cracking noises.
Causes of injuries due to repetitive use: chewing repetitively (chewing gum for example) or clenching teeth (teeth grinding) at night.
Causes of injuries after a trauma: Chewing in a hard object or opening the mouth too big or too suddenly.
Injuries can touch the joint directly, but the surrounding muscles as well, which can ultimately cause a problem with the joint. Your chiropractor is trained to evaluate the cause of your problem and recommend the appropriate care.
So, have you ever wondered why your jaw cracks, blocks or is painful? Ask your chiropractor about it! He will know how to assess your condition and determine the cause of your problem.