Since trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Yakima, WA patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Bill Kroner will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 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 15 days and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers conducted an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and found similar results. They 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 sources to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Bill Kroner today and make an appointment to come into our Yakima, WA office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!