As injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Pinole patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Jung will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were assessed prior to these methods and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower disability 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 results. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease pain associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as bruxism, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Jung now and schedule an appointment to come into our Pinole location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!