Since injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often very painful, we do our best to help our New York patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Valente will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease ache in the TMJ.
For example, 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. Subjects were evaluated prior to these treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research study carried out an analysis of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and revealed similar results. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease issues associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the triggers 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 bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Valente today and make an appointment to come into our New York practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!