The Right Diagnosis for the Right Treatment
Most of our patients have been seeing doctors about their symptoms for years. They have been diagnosed with multiple conditions and have tried several different treatments in search of relief. We want to stop this cycle and help you finally find relief. That starts with a proper diagnosis.
We diagnose TMJ using a combination of approaches.
First, we will ask you about your medical history, including when your pain started and how it has changed over time.
Next, we will perform a physical exam. This will involve feeling the muscles of your head and neck. Dr. Stafford will ask you questions and ask you to move certain ways so she can feel the motion of your muscles. You will also describe any pain you feel.
Finally, we will take detailed, objective measurements to help us diagnose your condition scientifically. We will measure the motion of your jaw, listen to and record your jaw sounds, and measure the tension in your jaw muscles. Usually, we also relax your jaw muscles using TENS, a kind of electric massage. This helps relieve symptoms, but it also tells us how your jaw moves when your muscles are relaxed. Depending on our findings, we might also recommend scans like MRI or CT.
Based on all this information, we can give you a precise diagnosis and tell you whether you will benefit from treatment at our practice.