WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY PT DURING MY TMJ EVALUATION?
Common signs and symptoms may include:
- Popping or clicking when chewing or opening and/or closing the mouth
- Pain around the jaw joint
- Facial pain
- Limited jaw motion
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Earaches, dizziness, vertigo, ear fullness and/or tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
During the history portion of your evaluation, it will be important to note any of the following:
- Habits or history of clenching, chewing pencils, chewing gum, chewing fingernails, grinding teeth
- History of heart and vascular conditions (i.e., high blood pressure, angina, abnormal heart rate, heart attack, etc.)
- History of neurological conditions (i.e., migraines, stroke, seizures, etc.)
- Any dental history (i.e., toothaches, pain with eating, gum health, over/under bite, recent or past dental procedures)
- Numbness, tingling, burning
- Any traumatic blows to the jaw and/or neck
- Psychological history (i.e., depression, anxiety)
- Chronic nasal congestion, sinusitis, post-nasal drip
- Unexplained fatigue
- Difficulties with sleep
- Troubles with swallowing
- Recent changes with speech
- Weight gain or loss
Your PT may also want to review your current list of medications. Be sure to bring a list of medications to your first appointment.
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