Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often very painful, we do our best to help our Springfield 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 pain in the jaw.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 participants with TMJ pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were evaluated prior to these therapies and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive results such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, 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. The group 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 causes 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, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Delson today and schedule an appointment to come into our Springfield office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!