TMJ and trigeminal neuralgia are related conditions that can cause pain throughout your jaw and cheek, but they are not the same. The magnitude of pain for TN is usually much greater than TMJ.
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is when the trigeminal nerve, which is divided into 3 main branches, is irritated or compressed, resulting in pain on one side of the head. TMJ is a jaw condition that can cause trigeminal compression as well as other painful symptoms.
Let’s go over the key differences in more detail below.
Trigeminal neuralgia and TMJ can both be treated with targeted chiropractic adjustments of the upper spine. Dr. Ty Cazoli of Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic has years of experience helping folks like you reverse these painful conditions. Schedule an appointment today!
How to Tell the Difference Between TN & TMJ
Here’s a quick breakdown of each condition:
Can TMJ feel like trigeminal neuralgia?
Yes, TMJ can cause pain that feels like trigeminal neuralgia because TMJ can directly trigger trigeminal nerve irritation. Both conditions can lead to face pain or migraines.
However, TMJ causes other symptoms besides trigeminal pain, such as locking and popping of the jaw.
Can jaw clenching cause trigeminal neuralgia?
Yes, jaw clenching is a trigger for trigeminal neuralgia pain. Clenching, a common cause of TMJ disorders, can also irritate the trigeminal nerve.
Other triggers for trigeminal neuralgia include touching your face, injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, or tumor.
Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia
Symptoms of TN include:
Symptoms of TMJ
Symptoms of TMJ include:
Treatment Options for Trigeminal Neuralgia
What are the treatments for trigeminal neuralgia? Below are 7 treatment options for trigeminal neuralgia, including medication, surgery, and alternative therapies.
For safe, effective, conservative treatment of trigeminal neuralgia or other headache disorders, try upper cervical chiropractic care today. Our non-invasive treatment methods are based on science and decades of real people getting better. Contact us online or call us at 303-955-8270.
Treatment Options for TMJ
How do you treat TMJ? TMJ treatments include chiropractic care, physical therapy, dental corrective procedures, medications, or surgery.
At Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic, we have seen people like you reverse their TMJ disorders through non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical, science-based treatment interventions. Schedule your appointment today. We reserve Fridays for traveling patients.