Since injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often rather painful, we do our best to help our Great Falls, MT patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Tim Six will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 people with temporomandibular disorders who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were assessed prior to these methods and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. They reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research study conducted an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease pain associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Tim Six today and schedule an appointment to come into our Great Falls, MT practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!