Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often rather painful, we do our best to help our Lancaster patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Palmer will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 people with TMJ pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were assessed prior to these treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers conducted an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and discovered similar results. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort 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 area 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 hurt, call Dr. Palmer now and make an appointment to come into our Lancaster practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!