Since injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Rutland patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Cyr will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 patients with temporomandibular disorders who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were assessed prior to these treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, 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 discovered similar results. The group 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 or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Cyr now and make an appointment to come into our Rutland practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!