As injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Alpharetta patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Berklich will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease pain in the TMJ.
For example, a 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. 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 disability at both follow-ups.
Another research paper carried out a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and revealed similar results. They 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 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. Berklich now and make an appointment to come into our Alpharetta practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!