As trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Parkland, FL patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Scharf will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with temporomandibular disorders who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were evaluated prior to these methods and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers carried out an analysis of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and found similar findings. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms associated with TMJ 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 sources to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Scharf now and schedule an appointment to come into our Parkland, FL location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!