Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Land O' Lakes, FL patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Michael Craven will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with TMJ pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were assessed prior to these methods and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research study conducted a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and discovered similar findings. The authors 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 injury to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors 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. Michael Craven today and make an appointment to come into our Land O' Lakes, FL office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!