Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Ellis will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 patients with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were assessed prior to these treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research study conducted a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar findings. The authors 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 or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as bruxism, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Ellis now and make an appointment to come into our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!