What is Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) and what is it used for?
Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) is a technology that allows Dr. McKenzie to evaluate the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) with great precision. JVA is rooted in the concepts of motion and friction — when surfaces move against each other there is the potential for friction, and the amount of friction experienced correlates to the amount of vibration produced.
Minute degenerations and mechanical displacements within the TMJs will produce a certain amount of friction and vibration. JVA technology can help explain the nature of that friction and vibration by recording signature patterns. Different signature vibrational patterns help Dr. McKenzie distinguish between one condition and another. Joint Vibration Analysis is one of the latest technologies available for helping to correctly identify various conditions — represented as vibration patterns — so that appropriate treatment protocols can be designed for the patient.
Why is Joint Vibration Analysis preferable to traditional methods of evaluation?
Traditional ways of evaluating the TMJs have included palpation and auscultation techniques that allow the provider to hear sounds in the TMJ. However, both of these methods have their problems.
Successful auscultation is dependent upon the ability of the provider to clearly hear the sounds within the TMJ. Not only is it difficult for many providers to hear the sounds manually upon auscultation, but the joint sounds are not even recorded for later use and comparison. How will improvement be judged over time? Furthermore, interpreting the sounds that a provider hears can be a bit of guesswork. As an evidence-based technique auscultation leaves much to be desired.
In the case of palpation, successful palpation of the TMJs necessarily relies upon the experience and tactile sensitivity of the provider. Pinpointing the precise origin of the problem is usually difficult. Even with bilateral palpation (palpating both sides) it can be very hard to identify the correct location of joint sounds.
In contrast, Joint Vibration Analysis overcomes the limitations inherent in both auscultation and palpation. JVA objectively records the vibrations for later comparison, accurately determines the side(s) or location(s) of joint vibration, builds up a visual of the vibration(s), measures vibration intensity, and indicates the frequency of the vibrations so that primary TMJ dysfunction is distinguishable from other conditions. As an evidence-based technology JVA is indeed far superior to techniques used in the past.
Dr. McKenzie Now Offers Joint Vibration Analysis
We live in an age of advanced technology. Providers that adopt newer technologies such as Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) are in a far better position to produce successful treatment outcomes for their patients.
Dr. McKenzie offers Joint Vibration Analysis here in Columbia, SC. The reason is simple — the JVA technology allows Dr. McKenzie to evaluate TMJ problems and other joint-related problems objectively. Relying on the subjective findings of palpation and auscultation is no longer necessary. The pre-treatment state of the TMJs can now be recorded AND ongoing JVA can provide benchmarks along the way. JVA essentially represents diagnostically driven treatment at its best.
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Precision diagnostic tools such as JVA can pave the way for more successful, less-invasive treatment outcomes.