As trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently very painful, we do our best to help our Boardman patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Carradine will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease soreness in the TMJ.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 people with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were evaluated prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study carried out a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. They 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 causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors 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. Carradine today and schedule an appointment to come into our Boardman clinic. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!