Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Aloha / Beaverton, OR patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Oregon Medical Centers PC will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 participants with temporomandibular disorders who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were assessed prior to these methods and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study carried out a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar findings. They 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 injury to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Oregon Medical Centers PC today and schedule an appointment to come into our Aloha / Beaverton, OR practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!