As injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently 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 will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic & osteopathic treatment can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 patients with TMJ pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were evaluated prior to these treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower disability 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 found similar results. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease pain 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 or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Marsh now and make an appointment to come into our West New York practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!