Treatment

Conservative Treatment for Jaw Pain

Temporomandibular Dysfunction, also called TMD, can be a very painful condition. Symptoms can include jaw clicking, pain, stiffness or difficulty opening the jaw. In rare case, structural issues of the Tempomandibular Joint (TMJ) are to blame.  

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Schedule with Telehealth!

As of now, our office remains open. However, we are reducing in-office hours at the clinic to reduce exposure for staff and patients. For those that cannot make in-office visits, telehealth appointments are now available. Dr. Shaw and Dr. Donahue are now accepting appointments.

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Should You Use Ice or Heat?

Using heat or ice as a form of treatment is easy, inexpensive, and can be very effective if done correctly.  These forms of therapy, more or less, can help control blood flow.  Generally speaking, ice is used to constrict blood vessels with a goal of decreasing inflammation, while heat will increase blood flow and ultimately bring more oxygen to tissues.  Although there are many specific conditions that may require one versus the other, the timing of when each are applied is important.

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In-Office Treatment For Cervicogenic Headaches

Headaches found to be coming from the cervical spine respond very well with conservative treatment. A multifaceted approach using a combination of manipulation, myofascial release, stretching, and strengthening exercises will provide the best results. Breathing patterns must also be addressed because it has an impact on everything we do in our daily life.

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Add Extension for Low Back Pain

When a patient is dealing with low back pain with or without radiating symptoms, it’s important to figure out which movements/activities are aggravating and which ones provide relief. Most commonly, bending forward and sitting tends to make the pain worse and walking or standing will make things better.

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Understanding Soft Tissue Injuries

cyclingSoft tissues are muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and fascia.  They can become injured for different reasons including an acute episode as well as repetitive or cumulative trauma.  Whether the tissues are recovering from an acute injury or under constant demand from repetition they respond in similar ways, they lay down scar tissue.  This is our body’s way of repairing and healing itself.
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