Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often 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 chiropractic care can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 patients with temporomandibular disorders who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were assessed prior to these therapies and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. They reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers carried out a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar findings. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the origins 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 grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Chanatry today and schedule an appointment to come into our Jacksonville, FL location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!