Since trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is usually rather painful, we do our best to help our Stacy patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Ulvin will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were examined prior to these treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers carried out an analysis of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and found 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 triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Ulvin today and make an appointment to come into our Stacy location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!