Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Fairfax patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Zapf will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease ache in the jaw.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. People were assessed prior to these methods and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research study conducted a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and found similar results. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease issues associated with jaw pain 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 grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Zapf today and make an appointment to come into our Fairfax office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!