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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
  • Headache
  • 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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