Is the Ultrasound US 1000 part of a treatment for TMJ disorders?
The type of therapy provided by the Ultrasound US 1000 can certainly play a fundamental role in the management of TMJ disorders, along with other treatments with which it isn’t mutually exclusive. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint; that is, the part of the human body that connects the jawbone with the skull. This joint can be potentially be the target of a number of painful disorders, caused among other reasons by erosion or misalignment of the disk that separates the parts of the bones that interact in the joint; damage of the joint’s cartilage caused by arthritis; or an injury.
Some of the symptoms of TMJ disorders are pain or tenderness of the jaw, aching pain in and around the ear, difficulty or discomfort when chewing, facial pain, and locking of the joint that hinder opening or closing the mouth. In addition to that, there may be a clicking sound or grating sensation when opening the mouth or chewing. However, if the clicking is not accompanied by pain or movement limitations there likely is no need for treatment. On the other hand, if the pain or tenderness don’t subside, or if you can’t fully open or close you jaw, then you had better see a doctor and/or a dentist.
If treatment is deemed necessary, it may range from medications to non-pharmaceutical therapies and surgery.
Common medications prescribed for TMJ disorders include pain relievers, tricyclic antidepressants, muscle relaxants and sedatives. Bite guards (also known as oral splints) and counseling are two examples of non-pharmaceutical treatments. Surgery involves a joint-replacing procedure, though this considered controversial by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Arthrocentesis (irrigation of joint fluid by way of needle insertion) and corticosteroid injections into the joint may also be helpful.
And of course, there is the possibility of ultrasound therapy, which is commonly used with physical therapy, heat and ice, and exercises to strengthen jaw muscles. The Ultrasound US 1000 has the advantage of not involving drugs, needles, or surgery. However, it is up to your doctor to determine whether ultrasound is the proper treatment for your particular TMJ disorder. If so, then you and your physician may discuss the prospect of your availing yourself of an Ultrasound US 1000 unit. This device uses ultrasound waves to generate deep heat into the soft tissue cells of the body.
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