Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Clarksdale, Hernando, Horn Lake & Olive Branch patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Kasprack will tell you that the medical research shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease ache in the jaw.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 patients with jaw pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were examined prior to these treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research paper carried out an analysis of almost 800 papers 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 issues 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 or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Kasprack today and schedule an appointment to come into our Clarksdale, Hernando, Horn Lake & Olive Branch location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!