Soumyajit Mandal, Prof. Aksh Chahal
Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, India
Scientific Tracks Abstracts: J Women’s Health Care
Statement of the Problem: Cancer of Head and Neck (CHN) is the seventh most common cancer across worldwide. A common complication is trismus, which devastates the patients quality of life. Trismus, refers to difficulty in opening the mouth or in jaw mobility. A patient has trismus when distance between their upper and lower central incisors is less than 35 mm when they open their mouth as wide as possible. Methodology & Theoretical Orientation: 33 research articles found with the key word head neck cancer and trismus and mouth opening using PubMed and Google Scholar from 2017 to 2022 were included in this review. Findings: After screening and removal of duplicates, a total of 3 studies were included on the basis of inclusion criteria. Two studies reported stretching devices to be effective in improving mouth opening in the CHN patients. Conclusion: Results suggest exercise therapy in the form of stretching may significant role to prevent trismus in the patients with CHN.
Currently, Soumyajit Mandal is a student of Masters of Physiotherapy, speciality in Musculoskeletal at Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation (MMIPR), Maharishi Markandeshwar (Deemed to be University), Mullana-Ambala, Haryana, India