Because trauma 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. Scharf will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease ache in the TMJ.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 people with temporomandibular disorders who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were examined prior to these methods and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive results such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study conducted an analysis of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar results. The authors 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 causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Scharf today and schedule an appointment to come into our Parkland, FL office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!