J. Sabo September 2019

The 4-Legged Heroes of Ground Zero

Honoring the Canines of 9/11

Search and rescue dogs and their handlers worked 12–16-hour days, searching for survivors and victims. They worked through dangerous conditions: Many dogs burned their paws as they dug through hot rubble, and both handlers and canines inhaled toxic dust. The task was both physically and mentally exhausting for the dogs during

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets to clear rubble, offer supplies, and search for survivors. It was a powerful act of resilience in a deeply trying time, and while most of the

their shifts. Some dogs that found deceased victims refused to eat or interact with other animals. Search and rescue dogs became increasingly stressed and depressed the longer they searched without any results, mirroring their handlers. It wasn’t uncommon for handlers to stage mock “findings” of survivors to keep the dogs’ spirits up. Fortunately, the sacrifices these dogs and their handlers made did not go unnoticed. Many dog owners were inspired to earn their search and rescue certifications after the events of 9/11, promising to aid in future disasters and hopefully lessen the impact of such catastrophes. After 9/11, various researchers conducted many studies examining the effect this kind of work has on animals, both physically and mentally. Many of these studies wouldn’t be possible without the AKC Canine Health Foundation, so if you’re looking to give back this September, visit them at their website to see how you can help: AKCCHF.org.

individuals helping with the disaster stood on two feet, more than 300 canines also answered the call to service. Dogs of all breeds and backgrounds, including search and rescue dogs, police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs, were brought in to help find and care for survivors in the wake of the destruction. They worked tirelessly alongside rescue crews as they searched through the debris.

What to Do When Your Jaw Gets Stuck Frozen in Pain

Whether it’s the result of an accident or a persisting problem, a locked jaw can be scary and painful. The next time your jaw locks up, remember these pertinent steps, and above all else, call Dr. Sabo’s office for help!

heal in this position. A custom-made temporary appliance is made to keep you from falling back out of position. (This is the step that is often left out and may lead to locking up again.)

Step 2: But My Jaw Unlocked Itself ...

Step 1: Call Dr. Sabo!

If you are able to manipulate your jaw to unlock at home, that is great! The fact that it fell off the disc suggests an injury that will need some intervention to keep the injury from worsening. This can change your bone contours over time and eventually affect your bite. Think of it this way: If you walk around with a dislocated shoulder, you’re going to damage the surrounding tissues and muscles the shoulder relies on. Our jaws are no different, so the sooner you seek help, the lower your chances are of permanent damage.

You should immediately seek help after your jaw locks. It can be difficult to recapture the jaw’s disc and regain its proper positioning if it stays locked for an extended period of time, so time is of

the essence. Call Dr. Sabo’s office at 951.769.1616, and set up an appointment. Dr. Sabo will determine the best treatment for your condition. If you are still locked, she will walk you through unlocking the joint; or the joint may have

Step 3: Keep Monitoring It

If a traumatic injury caused the locking, once fixed, you may never have to worry about it again. However, it is important to be vigilant after treatment, so be sure to watch for symptoms, such as pain and popping noises. Dr. Sabo can help you find options that could prevent further damage or locking, such as an appliance to use during sleep. Your jaw integrity influences your eating habits, speech, and overall well-being, so don’t let TMJ problems rain on your parade. Call Dr. Sabo’s office at 951.769.1616 to unlock your jaw or for treatment options for persistent pain.

unlocked on its own. (See below!) Once Dr. Sabo has gotten the jaw unstuck, it is vital to allow the joint to

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