As injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Cary patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Gugerli will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic can help ease pain in the TMJ.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 patients with TMJ pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were evaluated prior to these methods and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. They reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study conducted an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and revealed similar results. The group 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 causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources 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. Gugerli today and make an appointment to come into our Cary office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!