Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather 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 research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease pain in the TMJ.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 patients with jaw pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were examined prior to these methods and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. They reported positive results such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers carried out an analysis of almost 800 studies 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 discomfort associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, 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 practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!