Wednesday, December 3, 2008

First Splint

Ok, I made my first splint.  Scared, thrilled and definitely converted.

TMD patient, continuous headaches and popping (early) bilaterally.  Marked tenderness in the cervical mm.

Delivered the splint with the lowest expectations possible...  As I was adjusting, she kept popping in protrusive so I finished up the posterior adjustments and decreased the protrusive slope- MAGIC!!!  The popping stopped.  The patient's eyes widened and I used Herb's phrase- Isn't that interesting.  She's a convert.  Now I'm going to experiment (should I say that?) through adjustment.  Everyone who said you learn through the splint was right.  I have already learned so much.

One caveat, I made them for free over Thanksgiving.  That has definitely got to change. 

As an update on all the situations that were discussed at Pankey, I have not found the ideal position or office to acquire.  I did get an offer but it was going to take 10 yrs to buy out and I want something a little sooner- I'm no spring chicken;)

I've got photos to post and will download (hopefully) this weekend.  You all know how slow I am to get these things together.  Any comments would be appreciated.