Jaw clicking constantly, occasionally getting stuck.
(Middletown, RI, USA)
For several years now, I've struggled with headaches and for a good 2 years, my jaw has been doing some clicking. Recently I've been seeing a chiropractor, but it's not helping my jaw which has been progressively getting worse.
A few months ago, my jaw opened and I felt this tight painful feeling and it was hard to move it around to release it. Today I've been having this feeling at random times throughout the entire day. I'm very concerned and I don't know what to do.
I don't think I had any oral surgery or anything back when the clicking started a few years ago, and I haven't had anything like that in recent history either. What should I do?
You've almost certainly had an injury to the meniscus in the jaw joint, whether caused by dentistry, or a blow to the jaw, or old orthodontics, something.
It's a major cause of headaches.
Has the chiropractor been working with your neck only, or directly with the jaw as well?
I'd start with the exercises below. Gently, get a feel of them and take them slowly; it's extremely sensitive tissue.
Put you index finger into your mouth, between teeth and cheek, pulp of finger outwards, slide upwards into the "pterygoid pocket". Is it extremely sensitive on one side?
Massage the temporalis and masseter muscles.
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