TMJ Pain Eased by Chiropractic
Since injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Eagle patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Knotts will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With TMJ Pain and Discomfort
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 patients with temporomandibular disorders who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were assessed prior to these treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research study conducted 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 pain associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
Dr. Knotts Can Help People Find Relief From TMJ Pain
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Knotts now and make an appointment to come into our Eagle location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!
- Gonzalez-Iglesias J et al. (2013, November). Mobilization with movement, thoracic spine manipulation, and dry needling for the management of temporomandibular disorder: a prospective case series. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice;29(8):586-95
- Brantingham J et al. (2013, March-April). Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a systematic review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;36(3):143-201
- Oral Care. WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders-tmd on November 2, 2015