Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Henderson, Nevada patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease pain in the TMJ.
For example, a 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 examined 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 clinical study carried out a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar findings. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease pain associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the origins 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 ache, call Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda now and schedule an appointment to come into our Henderson, Nevada office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!