As injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently very painful, we do our best to help our Jacksonville and Fleming Island patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Fritz will tell you that the studies shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with temporomandibular disorders who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were assessed prior to these therapies and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research study carried out a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and discovered similar findings. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Fritz now and make an appointment to come into our Jacksonville and Fleming Island practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!