Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Lincoln patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Kallio will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease ache in the TMJ.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 people with temporomandibular disorders who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were evaluated prior to these methods and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research study conducted an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and found similar findings. 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 area can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Kallio now and schedule an appointment to come into our Lincoln location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!