Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite 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 medical research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease pain in the jaw.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with temporomandibular disorders who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were evaluated prior to these methods and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research paper conducted a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar results. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as bruxism, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Ernst now and schedule an appointment to come into our Arlington office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!