Jaw pain usually is caused by abnormal jaw muscles and/or the jaw joint dysfunction(TMJ). If the source of the problem is primarily muscle, it can easily be fixed with ART or GT. If the joint is the main problem, referral is necessary.
Success*: 90 percent if muscular
Number of Treatments required**: Usually 6 to 12 GT or ART treatments
* Success is considered patient becoming completely symptom free with no need for further treatment. Unfortunately this is not always possible and sometimes patients will require sporadic treatment in the future to stay symptom free. Especially if the patient returns to the activity that originally caused the injury. In some cases, such as tennis elbow and golfer's elbow, pain may only be reduced by a series of treatments.
The above percentages of success are based on experience and some limited study results.
Treatment is usually discontinued if there is not a reduction in symptoms within 4 visits and patients are then referred to another health care provider.
**Number of treatments varies from condition to condition and also depends on the severity of the injury and the general health of the patient. The above approximations of numbers of treatments is based on experience treating these injuries over the years.
GT - Graston Technique
SWT - Shockwave Therapy
MT - Massage Therapy
SMT - Spinal Adjusting