Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Henderson patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Russell will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease pain in the jaw.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 people with temporomandibular disorders who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were assessed prior to these therapies and at two weeks 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 clinical study conducted an analysis of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and found similar findings. The authors concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors 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. Russell today and make an appointment to come into our Henderson office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!