Since trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Jonesboro patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Alpert will tell you that the studies shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease ache in the jaw.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 patients with jaw pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were evaluated prior to these methods and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive results such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research paper conducted an analysis of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar results. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease issues associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes to consider as well, such as bruxism, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Alpert now and schedule an appointment to come into our Jonesboro location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!