Guidelines for Physicians
A victim can emerge from an accident with barely a scratch and still complain of headaches, blurred vision, neck, ear and eye pain, and other debilitating ailments. Since the 1940′s, orthopedists have known that neck injuries are virtually always associated with injuries to the temporomandibular joints (TMJ ‘s) and surrounding muscles. Early recognition of the symptoms, and referral for proper treatment typically provides the patient with relief from unnecessary pain and suffering.
Ask your patient or client: “Do you have any ONE of the following?”
- Face pain
- Eye pain
- Ear pain
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Pressure in the ears
- Difficulty swallowing
- Frequent sore throats
- Clicking noises or pain when opening or closing the mouth
- Neck pain which has not responded to treatment
Important: Complete evaluation should be based on complaints of ANY of the above symptoms. DO NOT WAIT for complaints of jaw pain, since more severe degenerative changes may have to occur before jaw pain is felt. Examination is appropriate and treatment is normally successful REGARDLESS of the presence of jaw pain.