Is Your Jaw the Cause of Your Arm Numbness and Tingling?

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Neck Pain From TMJ Issues

Our body has an intricate network of nerves, which rely on each other to maintain a healthy, pain-free life. When just one aspect of this complex web is off, it can create several problems that may not seem connected. A TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder is a common problem that often goes undiagnosed due to the array of symptoms associated with the condition.

Arm numbness and/or tingling in the arms and hands could be a sign that you have a TMJ disorder. The body has an interesting way of compensating for a misaligned jaw such as tilting your shoulder or hips the opposite way to create an “even” balance. We call this shoulder drop.  This compensation can lead to tension and muscle spasms in your shoulder and pinch the nerves that cause numbness in your arm and hand.

Generally speaking, TMJ disorders can cause postural changes that affect the head, neck , and shoulders.  Few recognize that TMJ pain, airway issues, and sleep apnea can lead to forward head posture which in turn leads to strain on the neck and shoulders.  The head is the top block which is explains how  misaligned jaw affects the body as well.

Numbness or tingling in your arms, hands and even your feet can be caused by a TMJ disorder, but may also be a sign of:

·       Neuralgia

·       Peripheral Neuropathy

·       Carpal Tunnel

·       Diabetic Neuropathy

·       Rheumatoid Arthritis

·       Stroke

However, TMJ disorders typically arise with several TMJ symptoms including:

·       Chronic headaches

·       Shoulder, back or neck pain

·       Popping/clicking jaw

·       Ringing ears

·       Dizziness

·       Earaches

While TMJ disorders may not be directly responsible for arm numbness and tingling, they can contribute to overall discomfort and may indirectly impact posture and muscle tension, potentially exacerbating symptoms in other parts of the body. If you suspect that your TMJ issues are contributing to broader symptoms, it’s crucial to discuss your concerns with a healthcare provider who can assess your overall health and guide you to the appropriate TMJ specialists if needed.

A TMJ evaluation with , Dr. Konig, a physiologic dentist, may help you identify what’s causing your arm numbness and tingling, especially if your general practitioner or other doctors have been unable to determine the cause behind your symptoms. Dr. Konig special interests in TMJ treatment and can perform a thorough examination and develop the right treatment plan for you. These assessments include postural and airway evaluation as well.

Dr. Konig explains, “It is essential to evaluate the whole picture e and not just the teeth.  One can perfect looking teeth and still have these TMJ and postural issues.”

Schedule your TMJ evaluation at the Konig Center by calling (713) 668-2289. Ronald W. Konig, DDS, FAGD, LVIF, FIACA provides TMJ treatment, and has special interests in complex Cosmetic Dentistry cases.

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