Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is usually very 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 care can help ease soreness in the jaw.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with TMJ pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were assessed prior to these therapies and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive results such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research study conducted a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and found similar results. The group 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 origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Groneck now and schedule an appointment to come into our Humble clinic. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!