Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is usually very painful, we do our best to help our Alexandria patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Wagner will tell you that the studies shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease ache in the jaw.
For example, one 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 examined prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The clinicians 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 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and found similar results. The group 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 injury to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as bruxism, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Wagner now and schedule an appointment to come into our Alexandria practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!