Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often rather painful, we do our best to help our West New York patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Marsh our osteopathic medical physician will tell you that the research shows just how much osteopathic treatments & chiropractic can help ease pain in the jaw.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 patients with jaw pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were examined prior to these therapies and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research paper 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 discomfort associated with jaw pain 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 grinding teeth, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Marsh now and schedule an appointment to come into our West New York practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!