As trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often rather painful, we do our best to help our Aloha, Beaverton patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Oregon Medical Centers will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with jaw pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were evaluated prior to these therapies and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive results 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 disorders such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. The authors 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 causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as bruxism, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Oregon Medical Centers today and schedule an appointment to come into our Aloha, Beaverton office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!