As trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our North County St. Louis, MO patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Holland will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease soreness in the TMJ.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 participants with jaw pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were examined prior to these methods and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers carried out a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and revealed similar results. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Holland today and schedule an appointment to come into our North County St. Louis, MO office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!