STUDIES: TMJ Dysfunction
note: Case studies summarizing patientsí responses
to care are intended for educational purposes
only and do not imply a guarantee of benefit.
Individual results may vary, depending upon several
factors including age of the patient, severity
of the condition, severity of the spinal injury,
and duration of time the condition has been present.
20, TMJ, Fibromyalgia
20-year-old female suffered from several health
problems following an accident in which she was
hit by a wave while swimming in the ocean. The
wave caught her off guard and knocked her to the
ground. She described how her face and jaw hit
the ground first, and then her legs rolled up
and over her head from the force of the water,
severely "pinching" her neck. Immediately
following the impact, her jaw "locked up"
and emergency room physicians "forced open"
her jaw in order to take x-rays of her neck. No
fractures were found.
to the accident, she developed chronic problems
with her jaw. Her jaw frequently "locked
up" and while she wore a mouth splint regularly,
the jaw problems continued. In addition, she suffered
with pain and muscle spasms throughout her spine
and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. She described
all of her muscles as being painful and weak.
no success with multiple different therapies and
treatments, she sought help from upper cervical
chiropractic care. During her evaluation, a spinal
injury stemming from her upper neck was found.
During her upper cervical care period, her symptoms
gradually lessened. She was able to go without
wearing the jaw splint and was able to close her
mouth completely and open and shut it without
having it lock up on her. In addition, all of
her pain decreased dramatically and she was able
to get back to a regular exercise, work, and school
23, TMJ, Headaches, Neck Pain, Back Pain
23-year-old female suffered from several health
problems since an ice skating accident 6 years
ago. During the accident, her friend fell on top
of her head, smashing her head sideways into the
ice. Since the ice skating incident, she struggled
with pain throughout her neck and back; headaches
as often as once per day; and constant jaw problems.
The left side of her jaw was the worst and hurt
even during smiling. Daily, her left jaw clicked
and popped and caused pain. She complained that
her jaw constantly came to her attention because
it always felt unstable.
During her chiropractic examination, an upper
cervical injury was discovered, most likely stemming
from the ice skating accident. Once her neck injury
was stabilized, all headaches, spinal pain and
jaw pain were absent. Some residual clicking in
the jaw remained, most likely due to scar tissue
from the chronicity of the injury. However, she
was able to chew, smile, etc. without pain and
without thinking about her jaw.
21, Hypothyroid, TMJ, Headaches
21-year-old female suffered from a variety of
health problems since her birth, which required
forceps. Her mother, a massage therapist, massaged
her frequently for back and neck pain due to scoliosis
since birth. Her mother noted that her muscles
along the right side of her spine were always
more contracted in comparison to the left during
massage. Scoliosis was diagnosed by her pediatrician
and elementary school nurse. In addition, she
suffered from daily headaches that radiated from
the right side of her neck up to her right eye.
She also suffered from daily jaw pain on the right,
where the right side of her jaw clicked and popped.
Prior to seeking help from upper cervical care,
a blood test revealed an under-active thyroid
and she was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.
During her chiropractic examination, scoliosis
was noted and an injury was discovered in this
patient's upper neck region. The upper cervical
injury could have resulted from her forceps birth.
After only one month of upper cervical care, all
neck pain, back pain, headaches, and jaw pain
were absent. In addition, a follow-up blood test
revealed normal thyroid levels, so her endocrinologist
did not prescribe thyroid medications.
50, TMJ, Headaches, Neck Pain
50-year-old female was involved in an auto accident
in which she was rear-ended at 40mph. After the
accident, she suffered from constant headaches
and pain in her neck and jaw. The neck pain was
focused at the right upper region underneath her
skull. The pain radiated around to the right side
of her jaw and up to her eyes and face. She sought
treatment from massage therapists, chiropractors,
and dentists to no avail. At the time she sought
treatment from upper cervical care, she had suffered
for 5 years with constant symptoms.
her upper cervical chiropractic examination, an
upper neck injury was discovered that was radiating
pain throughout her neck, jaw, and face. The upper
cervical injury most likely stemmed from her auto
accident. After two months of upper cervical care,
all neck pain, jaw pain, and headaches were absent.