Since injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Estero, Bonita Springs patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Chiropractic Care & Rehab Center will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic can help ease pain in the jaw.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 patients with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were assessed prior to these treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. They reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research study conducted a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and found similar findings. The authors concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources 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 Chiropractic Care & Rehab Center now and make an appointment to come into our Estero, Bonita Springs location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!