Your 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 a number of 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. This compensation can lead to tension and muscle spasms in your shoulder and pinch the nerves that cause numbness in your arm and hand.
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:
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Carpal Tunnel
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
However, TMJ disorders typically arise with several TMJ symptoms including:
- Chronic headaches
- Shoulder, back or neck pain
- Popping/clicking jaw
- Ringing ears
A TMJ evaluation with our neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Konig, could 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 specializes in TMJ treatment and can perform a thorough examination and develop the right treatment plan for you.
Schedule your TMJ evaluation with Dr. Konig in Sugar Land today by calling (713) 668-2289. Ronald W. Konig, DDS, FAGD, LVIF, FIACA provides TMJ treatment, general and cosmetic dentistry to clients in Sugar Land, Houston, Katy and The Woodlands, Texas.