Dig deeper (the cause)
The current working theory is that tension to the neck and hyoid, or inframandibular muscles, is creating a strain to the vocal cords. The system is not efficient and this lack of efficiency in the presence of muscle tension is affecting the voice. A common finding on cervical x-rays is associated degenerative changes to the mid cervical spine that coincides with the level of tension and pain to the throat. Mid cervical instability is sometimes caught as well through flexion and extension radiographs.
Loss of voice – check the vertebra
Common symptoms to look for include:
Decreased strength of voice and projection
As practitioners we need to remember how scary this condition can be to our patients. Anxiety is a very common feature, especially when their swallowing is affected. Identifying an underlying and treatable cause is transformative to our patient’s wellbeing, giving them hope.
When you have a loss of VOICE check the VERTEBRA.