TMJ/ Myofacial Pain
DIAGNOSTICS: The Key to Success
Educated guesses, subjective feelings and speculation does not produce
effective, reliable, lasting results. Treating the symptoms rather than
addressing the source and cause will also prolong the inevitable search for a
stable result. Only effective data gathering which will accurately direct
treatment protocols will produce assured results. Without effectively measuring
the physiologic parameters of the facial, head and neck muscles, understanding
the true status, function and posturing of the jaw joints as it relates to the
skull and teeth, can one then unlock the key to this seemingly mysterious,
ravaging, haunting disease! As Dr. Terrance O'Shaughnessy, an expert in the
field of TMJ so wisely stated, " Objective Documentation is the simplest
determining factor in arbitrating conflicting subjective opinions".
Relating the objective data (clinical findings, recordings of muscles in
function and physiologic rest) with detail, patience and accuracy will assure
the treatment outcomes to be predictable, accurate and effective. BULLS EYE!
"The effort then is to measure that which is measurable to relate
unhealthy function to healthy function."