Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is usually very painful, we do our best to help our Ronkonkoma patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Priolo will tell you that the research shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease ache in the jaw.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 people with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were assessed prior to these treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive results such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers conducted an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and discovered similar results. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease issues associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Priolo today and schedule an appointment to come into our Ronkonkoma clinic. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!