Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often rather painful, we do our best to help our Anchorage patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Matthisen will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease soreness in the TMJ.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with jaw pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were examined prior to these therapies and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower disability 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 discovered similar findings. They 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 causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw or neck 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 hurt, call Dr. Matthisen now and schedule an appointment to come into our Anchorage practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!