Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our New Carrollton patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Heusler will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease pain in the jaw.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 people 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 therapies and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers conducted a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease pain 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 causes to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Heusler today and schedule an appointment to come into our New Carrollton practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!