As trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Jenks patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Bogan will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease pain in the TMJ.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 people with temporomandibular disorders who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, 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 movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research paper conducted an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and found similar findings. The authors concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease pain 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 or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Bogan now and make an appointment to come into our Jenks location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!