Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our San Angelo patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Pittman will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 people with temporomandibular disorders who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were evaluated prior to these methods and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research study carried out a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and revealed similar results. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease pain associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Pittman now and make an appointment to come into our San Angelo practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!