Since trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Rockville patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Aazami will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease pain in the jaw.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 patients with TMJ pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were evaluated prior to these therapies and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research paper conducted an analysis of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and revealed similar results. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the triggers 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 tension.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Aazami now and schedule an appointment to come into our Rockville location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!