As injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Depew patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Palmer will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 people with jaw pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were evaluated prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. They reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment 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 pain 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 area can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Palmer now and schedule an appointment to come into our Depew practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!