As injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Woburn patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Ellis will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease soreness in the TMJ.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 patients with TMJ 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 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers carried out a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort 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 or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, 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 practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!