Since trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Rochester Hills, MI patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Ronda Dalton will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 people with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients 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 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 injury to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as bruxism, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Ronda Dalton today and schedule an appointment to come into our Rochester Hills, MI practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!