Since trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Sunnyvale & San Francisco patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Stern will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease pain in the jaw.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 people with TMJ pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were assessed prior to these methods and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research study carried out a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar findings. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease pain associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the origins 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 tension.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Stern today and schedule an appointment to come into our Sunnyvale & San Francisco location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!