Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Humble patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Groneck will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 people with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were evaluated prior to these methods and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive results such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study conducted a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and discovered similar findings. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Groneck now and schedule an appointment to come into our Humble practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!