Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite 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 studies shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 people with TMJ pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. People were assessed prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The authors 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 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma 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 ache, call Dr. Pittman today and schedule an appointment to come into our San Angelo office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!