Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often 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 research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 participants with temporomandibular disorders 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 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive results such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research paper conducted an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and discovered similar findings. 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 bruxism, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
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 practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!