As injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Burke patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Zapf will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease pain in the TMJ.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with temporomandibular disorders who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were evaluated prior to these treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive results such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study carried out an analysis of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and found similar findings. The group 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 injury to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Zapf now and schedule an appointment to come into our Burke practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!