Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Noblesville patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Dahlager will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease pain in the jaw.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 participants with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were examined prior to these therapies and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive results such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research paper carried out a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and discovered similar results. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms associated with TMJ 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 ache, call Dr. Dahlager today and schedule an appointment to come into our Noblesville practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!