Where does the pain actually come from?
In many cases TMDs begin after prolonged dental procedures or in response to excessive grinding of the teeth at night.
But in the majority of cases, pain can be relieved and joint function improved with a combination of brief muscle manipulations and some specific corrective exercises. This approach can save thousands of dollars and a lot of time.
So what actually causes the pain?
This is where is gets confusing.
This is the big thing that even a lot of therapists don’t understand. Pain in the jaw joint, face or teeth is rarely arising directly from the joint. In most long term cases the pain is coming from the muscles around the joint or even the neck.
Most research and most techniques focus on the joint, after all, that is often where the pain and clunking often is. So common techniques include oral splints to alter the joint position or anti-inflammatory medication to address inflammation that is thought to be present in the joint. Yet such techniques often fail to provide relief!