Although there may be times you wish someone would stop talking, its no laughing matter when you have difficulty opening and closing your mouth! We need to be able to move our jaws comfortably in order to talk and eat. When you experience joint pain, there may be clicking or grating sensations, tenderness or swelling which could limit the range of motion of your jaw.
If you’ve ever been asked to rate your pain on a 0-10 scale, you’ll know how hard that can be. It might change. It might be a 3/10 in the morning, but a 9/10 when you start moving. So when someone asks you to rate it out of 10, what do you do? Do you put it as a 3 or a 9? Or do you go somewhere in the middle and say a 6/10? Taking the middle road might seem like a good idea, and is often what happens. The problem is- that doesn’t explain to your chiropractor that sometimes it’s not so bad, and sometimes it’s a heck of a lot worse and completely stops you from doing anything with your day.
At Acorn Health, I strive to deliver the best chiropractic care possible for my patients in accordance with evidence-based guidelines. Recently, what is arguably THE leading medical journal The Lancet lifted an embargo on their Low Back Pain Series.
These papers reveal that low back pain is now the number one cause of all disability globally, and is medically mismanaged often against best practice guidelines.