Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often rather painful, we do our best to help our Arlington patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Ernst will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 people with TMJ pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were evaluated prior to these therapies and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research paper conducted an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and discovered similar findings. The authors concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Ernst now and make an appointment to come into our Arlington practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!