Since trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our State College, PA patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease pain in the TMJ.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 patients with temporomandibular disorders who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were evaluated prior to these treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research study carried out 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 discomfort associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the origins 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, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes today and schedule an appointment to come into our State College, PA location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!