Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Downtown St. Louis, MO patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Holland will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease ache in the TMJ.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 patients with temporomandibular disorders who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were examined prior to these treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. They reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study conducted an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and revealed similar results. The authors 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 triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw or neck 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. Holland today and schedule an appointment to come into our Downtown St. Louis, MO office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!