Since injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Decatur patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Harrison will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 patients with TMJ pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were evaluated prior to these methods and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research study carried out a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and found similar results. The authors concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes to consider as well, such as bruxism, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Harrison now and schedule an appointment to come into our Decatur office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!