As trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often rather painful, we do our best to help our Mauldin patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Izquierdo will tell you that the studies shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease soreness in the TMJ.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 people with TMJ pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were examined prior to these methods and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers conducted a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and revealed similar results. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease issues associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Izquierdo today and make an appointment to come into our Mauldin clinic. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!