Improving Speech Intelligibility, Mastication, and Quality of Life in Patients with Trismus

Course: #7417Level: Intermediate1.5 Hour 78 Reviews

Trismus, a disorder that is characterized by reduced range of mobility in the jaw, is common in head and neck cancer patients who have undergone oral radiation and/or surgery, and mandibular trauma patients. This course will educate SLPs about trismus intervention in order to skillfully devise progressive, therapeutic, active and passive jaw stretching programs to reduce the negative effects of trismus on a patient’s speech intelligibility, mastication, and quality of life.

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Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe how to identify patients who have mild, moderate, and severe trismus.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe how to evaluate patients with trismus using effective assessment tools.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe how to design progressive, therapeutic trismus programs.


0-5 Minutes Introduction, Definitions & Background
5-10 Minutes Etiologies of Trismus
10-15 Minutes Muscles of Mastication, Cranial Nerves V & VII
15-20 Minutes Physiological Process of Trismus; Tx Pathways of Trismus
20-25 Minutes Incidence of Trismus in HNC; Biological Effects of Radiation
25-30 Minutes Trauma-Related Trismus
30-40 Minutes Effects of Trismus
40-50 Minutes Evaluation of Trismus
50-55 Minutes Treatment and Treatment Goals
55-60 Minutes Case Studies
60-80 Minutes Developing a Tx Program
80-85 Minutes Expectations and Pitfalls
85-90 Minutes Conclusion; Q&A


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