Since trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is usually quite painful, we do our best to help our Roselle patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Ahmed will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease soreness in the TMJ.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 people with TMJ pain who were treated 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. They reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research study carried out an analysis of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and discovered similar findings. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Ahmed today and schedule an appointment to come into our Roselle practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!