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Pain Drawings: An Important Tool for Health Care Practitioners

Last year we shared with you a study in which investigators found patients with more severe and chronic TMD are likely to experience other persistent pain conditions in other parts of the body, seemingly unrelated to problems in the jaw or face. Yet patients often do not mention these "overlapping" or "comorbid" pain conditions when they see a dentist or health care provider.

Primary Temporomandibular Disorders and Comorbid Conditions

The aim of this study is to evaluate the distribution of the most common comorbid conditions associated with chronic temporomandibular disorders, and the pharmacological agents which play an integral role in the overall management of temporomandibular joint disorders. Abstract: INTROD

Overdiagnosis and Unnecessary Therapy

Many dental practitioners continue to use radiographic or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) as the sole means of establishing that there is a pathology present that requires treatment.

TMD Self-Management Programs

Self-management (SM) programs in temporomandibular disease (TMD) are a core component of pain management of TMD throughout its course and are often given to patients as a first essential step after diagnosis.

Honor Families Who Bravely Battle TMD

If you haven't done so already, please join me in making a year-end contribution to The TMJ Association (TMJA) in the honor of families like mine and yours who bravely battle this disease each and every day. Since my daughter, Alexandra, b

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  • Dec 26, 2016

    If you haven't done so already, please join me in making a year-end contribution to The TMJ Association (TMJA) in the honor of families like mine and yours who bravely battle this disease each and every day. Since my daughter, Alexandra, b


  • Aug 10, 2013

    Dear Friends of The TMJ Association, the most important investment that we make this coming year will be to advance TMJ science through our sixth scientific meeting, to be held in spring 2011, in the Washington, DC area.  We are dedicated to promoti


  • Apr 30, 2013

    I have never known my mom without TMJD, and this gave me a unique childhood. In the 28 years I have been alive, I have never seen Mom pick up a heavy object, run, chew a piece of gum, or go for more than a few hours without lying down. I have seen her


  • Oct 24, 2009

    My wife Elizabeth and I have been living with TMJ Disorders for the last 28 years. Yes, I say both of us have been living with it, because although she is the one with constant pain, who has endured multiple surgeries, and tried countless treatment pro


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