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Joint Vibration Analysis

Joint Vibration Analysis is a simple and painless test that takes less than 30 seconds to complete that can help Dr. Mulkin detect the health of your jaw joint or the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ).

The Temporomandibular Joint consists of bone, cartilage and ligaments. Like most joints, the jaw joint functions best when these parts are in proper alignment to each other. Much like your other joints (i.e. shoulder, hip, elbow, knee) the jaw joint can become displaced.

Common symptoms of jaw joint problems include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Neck or shoulder pain
  • Jaw pain or soreness
  • Worn or cracked teeth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Earaches or ringing
  • Limited range opening mouth
  • Clicking or joint sounds
  • Locking jaw
  • Sore facial muscles
  • Sensitive teeth

Using the JVA, Dr. Mulkin can provide a fast, non-invasive, and repeatable measurement of TMJ function to aid in the diagnosis of TMJ function. How the test works:

  1. A headset, much like a stereo headset, is placed over your head with the vibration sensors on the skin over the Temporomandibular joint in front of each ear.
  2. You will be asked to open wide and close all the way 5 or 6 times while the sound is being recorded.

The test is as simple as that.

If your jaw joint is working properly, this movement generally produces little friction and hence, little vibration or sound. However, when there is a joint problem, the parts rub together in a different way generally producing more friction and vibration, hence more sound. This creates a specific vibration signature, which Dr. Mulkin will evaluate. If TMD does exist, the severity can be monitored and the condition more properly treated.