Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Redondo Beach patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Vinick will tell you that the medical research shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 patients with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were evaluated prior to these methods and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study carried out an analysis of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. The group 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 causes to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Vinick now and schedule an appointment to come into our Redondo Beach office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!