As trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Springfield, MA patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Delson 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 involved 15 people with TMJ pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were assessed prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study carried out a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar findings. They 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 causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources 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. Delson now and schedule an appointment to come into our Springfield, MA location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!