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 example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 participants with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were evaluated prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. They reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers conducted an analysis of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and discovered similar results. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease pain associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the origins 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 hurt, call Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes now and schedule an appointment to come into our State College, PA practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!