Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Jacksonville, FL patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Chanatry will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 people with jaw 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 two weeks and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study conducted a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. 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 causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury 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. Chanatry now and schedule an appointment to come into our Jacksonville, FL location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!