Learn more about your TMJ pain in Sherman Oaks with Dr. Siman.
Dr. Eddie Siman has spent over 30 years studying the effects of how TMJ affects the body. Early in his career, he saw his cosmetic dental patients return with damage to their dental work and implants but could not explain the excessive wear. Yet, his patients complained of face, neck, shoulder, and back pain. In addition, some said they had constant ringing in their ears. After extensively researching and reviewing the data, Dr. Siman understood the intricate jaw-body connection. In most cases, it came down to misalignment of the jaw and TMJ-related pain, causing many of his patient’s issues.
Your body is intricately connected, which enables pain to travel to other areas of the body.
The temporomandibular joint is located just below your earlobes and enables your jaw to open, close, chew food, and speak. When this joint is misaligned, it causes your body to compensate in other areas—one area is the shoulder.
Shoulder pain related to the TMJ disorder is caused when your body tries to alleviate stress and tension from one muscle and moves it to another area of your body. However, the body is so interconnected that muscle strain in your shoulder is also causing your neck and back pain, again because your body is trying to compensate various areas from taking the full brunt of the pain.
The deltoid and trapezius muscles in your shoulder are relatively small in comparison to other muscles in your body. However, your shoulders have a big responsibility of supporting your neck and head—that is a lot of weight on the shoulder.
When the temporomandibular joint is unbalanced, the pain can travel down the body. For example, chewing motions can cause pain signals to the neck, which causes the shoulders to tense, or tightness in your jaw causes your neck to tilt, causing stress on your shoulders. Other TMJ-related pain that can cause shoulder pain include poor posture while at a computer or in front of a television, teeth grinding, repetitive movements in your jaw, and sleeping in a crooked position.
Shoulder pain associated with a TMJ disorder is often easier to treat because the pain in the shoulder is not caused by an injury or trauma. When the TMJ is the source of this shoulder pain, by simply aligning the jaw in its comfortable position, the source of the shoulder pain (the TMJ disorder) will be eliminated without the need of injections and medications. Our office is one of the few offices equipped with an in-house CT scan and other state-of-the-art technology to determine how the joint is currently functioning and how your body responds to stress and damage caused by TMJ disorder. Every patient receives a tailored treatment plan specific to their needs. Once your problem is identified, Dr. Siman will have a better idea of how to best treat your TMJ disorder. Some solutions include:
Then, Dr. Siman utilizes the TENS device to send electrical pulses to your muscles under ultra low frequencies to dramatically reduce your TMJ-related pain. The transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) helps with chronic pain by sending tiny electrical pulses through your skin to stimulate your body’s natural painkillers—endorphins. The endorphins then tell the neurons and neurotransmitters in the brain that the body is no longer in any pain and muscles can relax. You can use the TENS device at home or at work. There are in-home ultra low frequency TENS devices that are specifically designed for TMJ that you can use as an adjunct during your treatment.
There are multiple devices available in the market. However, Dr. Siman custom-fits his patients’ orthotic appliances. These devices enable your shoulders and jaw to relax. Oftentimes, this protocol also helps other symptoms associated with TMJ, such as headaches, migraines, and conditions such as fibromyalgia.
It is essential to be patient and have realistic expectations during your shoulder pain treatment.
No two treatments are alike, and while one treatment worked for some, it may not work for others. Therefore, it’s essential to stay positive and have an ongoing dialogue with Dr. Siman. He has helped hundreds of patients stop taking pain medications and found relief through holistic treatments and with the help of advanced technology at our office in Sherman Oaks. Learn more about TMJ and treatments for your shoulder pain by scheduling a consultation today.
Dr. Eddie Siman has over 35 years of experience and is a premier TMJ and Sleep Apnea expert in Los Angeles and Orange County. Many come to Dr. Eddie Siman with severe tinnitus, migraine problems, and sleep apnea with no relief in sight. Little do these patients know that their painful symptoms are tied to the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Think outside the box and pay a simple visit to Dr. Siman today so you can finally find the source of all your pain and get rid of it once and for all.
14629 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423