Since trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Estero, Bonita Springs patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Green 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 involved 15 people with jaw pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were evaluated prior to these methods and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive results such as reduced pain, 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 conditions such as TMJ and revealed similar results. 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 causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma 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 hurt, call Dr. Green today and schedule an appointment to come into our Estero, Bonita Springs location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!