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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

The TMJ Association by Terrie Cowley


  • Sep 9, 2016

    At the TMJ Association's Seventh Scientific Meeting, How Can Precision Medicine Be Applied to Temporomandibular Disorders and its Comorbities? , September 11-13, 2016, the Association recognized the following young investigators for their research in


  • Apr 1, 2016

    After President Obama submits his budget to Congress, the work of Representatives and Senators begins. It is at this time that we tell our elected officials what YOU, TMJ patients, need to have addressed. The past two months have been busy ones outsid


  • Dec 31, 2015

    My name is Jennifer Feldman, and I have suffered from TMJ dysfunction since age ten when I was in a car accident. All of my memories are attached to my condition. I remember sitting in waiting rooms for endless hours forming friendships with other patients who shared my pain.


  • Nov 11, 2015

    The Fall Giving Season Is Upon Us  If you are a government employee who understands the full impact of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) on individuals, their loved ones and society-at-large, please help us to continue to change the face


  • Dec 18, 2014

    We wish you and your family a joyous holiday season and healthy year ahead. Year's end is the time we reflect upon the past and look to the future. We are grateful for your moral and financial support that resulted in several impressive accomplishments in 2014.


  • Oct 23, 2014

    The TMJ Association is the only patient advocacy organization fighting for the best science that will lead to greater understanding of Temporomandibular and related disorders and safe and effective treatments. We need YOUR help in these efforts. Pleas


  • Oct 22, 2014

    Check Out These Two New Science Funding Opportunities Inspired by TMJA Advocacy 1. The Biology of the Temporomandibular Joint In our May 2013 issue of TMJ News Bites we reported that the NIH convened a round-table meeting to


  • Aug 20, 2013

    The TMJ Association (TMJA) is seeking candidates to serve on its Board of Directors. The TMJA aims to identify people with a passion and deep commitment to our mission−improve the quality of health care and lives of everyone affected by Temporom


  • Jul 31, 2013

    Each year we ask you to tell us what is on your mind regarding Temporomandibular Disorders and The TMJ Association's activities.  This year your participation is exceptionally important, because in the coming months we will be meeting to discuss


  • Jan 4, 2013

    On behalf of Members of The TMJ Association (TMJA) Board and the Scientific Advisory Board I wish you good health and happiness in 2013. What follows is a brief summary of how the TMJA has moved forward in 2012. The prominence of pain. As you know fro


  • May 24, 2011

    A few weeks ago I gave a presentation to the American Academy of Orofacial Pain at their annual meeting in Las Vegas. My husband Allen, also gave a presentation based upon his research utilizing systems approaches in hypertension research as an example


  • Jan 13, 2011

    I frequently think of all the people in my life who have been my support since my TMJ surgery, the so-called "wind beneath my wings." On December 27th I lost one of my staunchest supporters, my husband's mother. My own mother died when I


  • Jan 12, 2011

    Hyperacusis is defined as a collapsed tolerance to normal environmental sounds. Following jaw surgery, for about a year I experienced hyperaccusis. The slightest sound was painful to the point of tears. We don't often hear this symptom fr


  • Jul 14, 2010

    The TMJ Association (TMJA) is interested in attracting volunteers to serve in an advisory capacity to the organization to accelerate our efforts to expand awareness of temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJDs) among the public and profession


  • May 4, 2010

    In our effort to keep you abreast of articles of interest on many health care issues, I thought you would find the information from the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health interesting. With the advent of brain imaging


  • Jan 26, 2010

    I send hearty congratulations to Deanne, TMJA's project coordinator, and to Danny and Susan of 11th Hour Solutions and the rest of the team for the hard work they put into developing the 2010 TMJ Association website. I’m proud of their work and


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