Since injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Denton, TX patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Steve Eustice will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with temporomandibular disorders who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were evaluated prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive results such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research paper conducted a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and found similar findings. The group 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 or neck 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 ache, call Dr. Steve Eustice today and make an appointment to come into our Denton, TX location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!