As injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is usually quite painful, we do our best to help our West Palm Beach patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Dennis will tell you that the studies shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease soreness in the jaw.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 participants with TMJ pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. People were evaluated prior to these treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers carried out a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and found similar results. The group 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 area can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes 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. Dennis today and make an appointment to come into our West Palm Beach practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!