Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often rather painful, we do our best to help our Kettering patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Poelking will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease ache in the TMJ.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 people with temporomandibular disorders who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were examined prior to these methods and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. They reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers conducted a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and found similar results. 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 origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes 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. Poelking today and schedule an appointment to come into our Kettering practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!