Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often 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 research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 patients 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 treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability 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 found similar results. The authors concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort 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 factors to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
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!