Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Port Coquitlam patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Olson will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 people with temporomandibular disorders who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were assessed prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. They reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment 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 found similar results. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort associated with jaw pain 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 sources to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Olson now and make an appointment to come into our Port Coquitlam location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!