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Medical history and documentation in one:
manual-clinical functional diagnostics

Dentists and other professional groups (e.g. physiotherapists) learn about forms of manual functional diagnostics during their training and continuing education. Manual diagnosis is used, above all, for the early detection of functional disorders in the temporomandibular system. But taking a patient’s medical history during manual-clinical diagnosis is just the first step in effective functional diagnostics (e.g. to correct disorders).

A first important step in patient care

In order for the dentist and dental technician to provide optimal care, the dentist should utilise a complete, comprehensive treatment concept – like the complete DIR® Concept that utilises manual-clinical and instrumental diagnostics. Manual-clinical functional diagnostics with a brief examination and palpation precedes instrumental analysis (here: using DIR® System 2), because determining the patient’s general medical history and then special medical history right up to the precise collection of data forms the basis for making decisions about potential courses of treatment in the first place.

The correct manual-clinical examination procedure

Firstly, the dentist carries out a functional check, in order to proceed to palpation, the manual examination. In doing so, he or she excludes the possibility that the patient is suffering from arthropathy or myopathy. This examination must be documented precisely for further diagnostics. In an ideal scenario, this takes place using the software “FunktioCheck Pro®” for tablets (pursuant to the guidelines of the German Society for Functional Diagnostics and Functional Therapy). Later, the data that has been collected on the basis of the computer-based questionnaire can be clearly allocated to each patient and saved securely.

Related content:

The DIR® Concept
The DIR® System 2
FunktioCheck Pro®
DGFDT: German Society for Functional Diagnostics and Functional Treatment



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Manual-clinical functional diagnostics with a brief examination and palpation precedes the instrumental examination.

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This examination must be documented precisely for further diagnostics. In an ideal scenario, this takes place using the software “FunktioCheck Pro®” for tablets (pursuant to the guidelines of the DGFDT).