Since injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often rather painful, we do our best to help our Parkland, FL patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Neil Scharf will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 patients with TMJ pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were assessed prior to these methods and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. They reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research paper carried out a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. They 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 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 grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Neil Scharf today and schedule an appointment to come into our Parkland, FL location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!