Since injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Harleysville, PA patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Szilagyi will tell you that the research shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 patients with TMJ pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were assessed prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research study conducted a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and found similar results. The authors 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 causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Szilagyi now and make an appointment to come into our Harleysville, PA practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!