As injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Boardman, OH patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Denise Carradine will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were assessed prior to these therapies and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, 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 conditions such as TMJ and found similar findings. They 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 triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Denise Carradine now and make an appointment to come into our Boardman, OH practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!