Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently very painful, we do our best to help our Hyattsville, District Heights patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Aazami will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease soreness in the jaw.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 people with TMJ pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were evaluated prior to these therapies and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive results such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research paper carried out a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar results. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Aazami now and schedule an appointment to come into our Hyattsville, District Heights clinic. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!