For reasons still yet to be determined, jaw pain has become an increasing problem in the general population. Clicking, locking, and pain of the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint) can lead to more systemic symptoms such as headaches, ear pain, and neck pain. This condition can often be challenging to treat, as it is often discovered late after a significant amount of damage has been done.
Through a combination of hands-on treatment and other modalities (e.g. injections, dry needling, home stretches), an osteopathic musculoskeletal specialist will try to re-balance the jaw to help relieve many of the symptoms related to TMJ disorder. While the clicking and popping may never entirely resolve, the pain and locking, as well as the systemic symptoms such as headaches, ear pain, and neck pain often improve with treatment.