Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Smyrna, GA patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Weinberg will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 people with TMJ pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were examined prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive results such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research study carried out a review of almost 800 studies 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 triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes 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. Weinberg now and schedule an appointment to come into our Smyrna, GA location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!