Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is usually quite painful, we do our best to help our Portland patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Helton will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease ache in the TMJ.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 patients with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were evaluated prior to these therapies and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study carried out a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease issues associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as bruxism, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Helton today and schedule an appointment to come into our Portland clinic. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!