Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently very painful, we do our best to help our Corvallis patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Lach will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease soreness in the TMJ.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were evaluated prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research paper conducted an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and found similar results. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease issues associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Lach today and schedule an appointment to come into our Corvallis location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!